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(1)   A brief stay in the course of a journey
"They made a stopover to visit their friends"
(2)   The act of stopping something
"The third baseman made some remarkable stops"
"His stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood"
(3)   An obstruction in a pipe or tube
"We had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
(4)   A restraint that checks the motion of something
"He used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
(5)   A mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens
"The new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically"
(6)   (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes
"The organist pulled out all the stops"
(7)   A punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
"In England they call a period a stop"
(8)   A consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
"His stop consonants are too aspirated"
(9)   The event of something ending
"It came to a stop at the bottom of the hill"
(10)   A spot where something halts or pauses
"His next stop is Atlanta"
(11)   The state of inactivity following an interruption
"The negotiations were in arrest"
"Held them in check"
"During the halt he got some lunch"
"The momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"
"He spent the entire stop in his seat"


(12)   Prevent completion
"Stop the project"
"Break off the negotiations"
(13)   Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
"Arrest the downward trend"
"Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"
"Contain the rebel movement"
"Turn back the tide of communism"
(14)   Seize on its way
"The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"
(15)   Cause to stop
"Stop a car"
"Stop the thief"
(16)   Come to a halt, stop moving
"The car stopped"
"She stopped in front of a store window"
(17)   Interrupt a trip
"We stopped at Aunt Mary's house"
"They stopped for three days in Florence"
(18)   Stop from happening or developing
"Block his election"
"Halt the process"
(19)   Put an end to a state or an activity
"Quit teasing your little brother"


  1. Prone to halting or hesitation.
    He’s stop still.


  1. A (usually marked) place where line buses or trams halt to let passengers get on and off.
    They agreed to see each other at the bus stop.
  2. An action of stopping; interruption of travel.
    That stop was not planned.
  3. A device intended to block the path of a moving object; as, a door stop.
  4. A consonant sound in which the passage of air through the mouth is temporarily blocked by the lips, tongue, or glottis.
  5. A symbol used for purposes of punctuation and representing a pause or separating clauses, particularly a full stop, comma, colon or semicolon.
  6. Short for a stopper, used in the phrase 'pull out all the stops'.
  7. A knob or pin used to regulate the flow of air in an organ.
    The organ is loudest when all the stops are pulled.
  8. A very short shot which touches the ground close behind the net and is intended to bounce as little as possible.
  9. The depression in a dog’s face between the skull and the nasal bones.
    The stop in a bulldog's face is very marked.
  10. An f-stop.


  1. To cease moving.
    I stopped at the traffic lights.
  2. To come to an end.
    The riots stopped when police moved in.
    Soon the rain will stop.
  3. To cause (something) to cease moving or progressing.
    The sight of the armed men stopped him in his tracks.
  4. To cause (something) to come to an end.
    The referees stopped the fight.
  5. To close or block an opening.
    He stopped the wound with gauze.
  6. To adjust the aperture of a camera lens.
    To achieve maximum depth of field, he stopped down to an f-stop of 22.
  7. To stay a while.
    He stopped for two weeks at the inn.
  8. To tarry.
    He stopped at his friend's house before continuing with his drive.

Usage notes

  • This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing) or the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs for more information.


brake, desist, halt cease, desist, discontinue, halt, terminate cancel, cease, discontinue, halt, terminate cancel, cease, discontinue, halt, terminate


continue, go, move, proceed continue, proceed continue, move continue, move