pace

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
pace

Plural
paces

  1. Way of stepping.
    1. Speed or velocity in general.
  2. Step.
    1. A step taken with the foot.
    2. The distance covered in a step (or sometimes two), either vaguely or according to various specific set measurements.[1]
      Even at the duel, standing 10 paces apart, he could have satisfied Aaron’s honor.

Verb[change]

Plain form
pace

Third-person singular
paces

Past tense
paced

Past participle
paced

Present participle
pacing

  1. Walk back and forth in a small space.
    • Groups of men, in all imaginable attitudes, were lying, standing, sitting, or pacing up and down.
  2. Set the speed in a race.
  3. Measure by walking.

Preposition[change]

Preposition
pace

  1. With the permission of; Used to express polite disagreement
    Nor, pace Bush, must all countries be with America or against it.

Usage[change]

  • This is usually considered to be a foreign word (Latin) and is often written in italics to indicate this:
    Nor, pace Bush, must all countries be with America or against it.

References[change]

  1. How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement: English Customary Weights and Measures, © Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (§: Distance, ¶ № 6)