What is the meaning of stop?


  • The event of something ending.
    • usage: "it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill"
  • The act of stopping something.
    • usage: "the third baseman made some remarkable stops"; "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood"
  • A brief stay in the course of a journey.
    • usage: "they made a stopover to visit their friends"
  • The state of inactivity following an interruption.
    • usage: "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"
  • A spot where something halts or pauses.
    • usage: "his next stop is Atlanta"
  • A consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it.
    • usage: "his stop consonants are too aspirated"
  • A punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations.
    • usage: "in England they call a period a stop"
  • Music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes. (
    • usage: "the organist pulled out all the stops"
  • A mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens.
    • usage: "the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically"
  • A restraint that checks the motion of something.
    • usage: "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
  • An obstruction in a pipe or tube.
    • usage: "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"


  • Come to a halt, stop moving.
    • usage: "the car stopped"; "She stopped in front of a store window"
  • Put an end to a state or an activity.
    • usage: "Quit teasing your little brother"
  • Stop from happening or developing.
    • usage: "Block his election"; "Halt the process"
  • Interrupt a trip.
    • usage: "we stopped at Aunt Mary's house"; "they stopped for three days in Florence"
  • Cause to stop.
    • usage: "stop a car"; "stop the thief"
  • Prevent completion.
    • usage: "stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"
  • Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of.
    • usage: "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"
  • Seize on its way.
    • usage: "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"
  • Have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical.
    • usage: "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"
  • Render unsuitable for passage.
    • usage: "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"
  • Stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments.
    • usage: "Hold on a moment"
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APAWordNet. (2010). stop. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/stop/definitions/1193253
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "stop" http://smartdefine.org/stop/definitions/1193253 (accessed April 23, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, stop, Smart Define, viewed 23 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/stop/definitions/1193253>.
MLAWordNet. "stop" 23 October 2010. Web. 23 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/stop/definitions/1193253>
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