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PACE, n. [L., to open, Gr., to tread. See Pass.]

1. A step.

2. The space between the two feet in walking, estimated at two feet and a half. But the geometrical pace is five feet, or the whole space passed over by the same foot from one step to another. Sixty thousand such paces make one degree on the equator.

3. Manner of walking; a gait; as a languishing pace; a heavy pace; a quick or slow pace.

4. Step; gradation in business. [Little used.]

5. A mode of stepping among horses, in which the legs on the same side are lifted together. In a general sense, the word may be applied to any other mode of stepping.

6. Degree of celerity. Let him mend his pace.

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day--

To keep or hold pace, to keep up; to go or move as fast as something else.

PACE, v.i.

1. To go; to walk; to move.

2. To go, move or walk slowly.

3. To move by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse.

PACE, v.t.

1. To measure by steps; as, to pace a piece of ground.

2. To regulate in motion.

If you ca, pace your wisdom in that good path that I would wish it go--



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PACE, n. [L., to open, Gr., to tread. See Pass.]

1. A step.

2. The space between the two feet in walking, estimated at two feet and a half. But the geometrical pace is five feet, or the whole space passed over by the same foot from one step to another. Sixty thousand such paces make one degree on the equator.

3. Manner of walking; a gait; as a languishing pace; a heavy pace; a quick or slow pace.

4. Step; gradation in business. [Little used.]

5. A mode of stepping among horses, in which the legs on the same side are lifted together. In a general sense, the word may be applied to any other mode of stepping.

6. Degree of celerity. Let him mend his pace.

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day--

To keep or hold pace, to keep up; to go or move as fast as something else.

PACE, v.i.

1. To go; to walk; to move.

2. To go, move or walk slowly.

3. To move by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse.

PACE, v.t.

1. To measure by steps; as, to pace a piece of ground.

2. To regulate in motion.

If you ca, pace your wisdom in that good path that I would wish it go--

PACE, n. [Fr. pas; It. passo; Sp. paso; L. passus, from pando, to open, or Gr. πατεω, to tread. See Pass.]

  1. A step.
  2. The space between the two feet in walking, estimated at two feet and a half. But the geometrical pace is five feet, or the whole space passed over by the same foot from one step to another. Sixty thousand such paces make one degree on the equator. – Encyc.
  3. Manner of walking; gait; as, a languishing pace; a heavy pace; a quick or slow pace. – Addison.
  4. Step; gradation in business. [Little used.] – Temple.
  5. A mode of stepping among horses, in which the legs on the same side are lifted together. In a general sense, the word may be applied to any other mode of stepping.
  6. Degree of celerity. Let him mend his pace. To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, / Creeps in this petty pace from day to day. – Shak. To keep or hold pace, to keep up; to go or move as fast as something else.

PACE, v.i.

  1. To go; to walk; to move. – Spenser. Shak.
  2. To go, move or walk slowly.
  3. To move by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse.

PACE, v.t.

  1. To measure by steps; as, to pace a piece of ground.
  2. To regulate in motion. If you can, pace your wisdom / In that good path that I would wish it go. – Shak.

Pace
  1. A single movement from one foot to the other in walking; a step.
  2. To go] to walk; specifically, to move with regular or measured steps.

    "I paced on slowly." Pope. "With speed so pace." Shak.
  3. To walk over with measured tread; to move slowly over or upon; as, the guard paces his round.

    "Pacing light the velvet plain." T. Warton.
  4. The length of a step in walking or marching, reckoned from the heel of one foot to the heel of the other; -- used as a unit in measuring distances; as, he advanced fifty paces.

    "The heigh of sixty pace ." Chaucer.

    * Ordinarily the pace is estimated at two and one half linear feet; but in measuring distances be stepping, the pace is extended to three feet (one yard) or to three and three tenths feet (one fifth of a rod). The regulation marching pace in the English and United States armies is thirty inches for quick time, and thirty-six inches for double time. The Roman pace (passus) was from the heel of one foot to the heel of the same foot when it next touched the ground, five Roman feet.

  5. To proceed; to pass on.

    [Obs.]

    Or [ere] that I further in this tale pace. Chaucer.

  6. To measure by steps or paces; as, to pace a piece of ground.
  7. Manner of stepping or moving; gait; walk; as, the walk, trot, canter, gallop, and amble are paces of the horse; a swaggering pace; a quick pace.

    Chaucer.

    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day.
    Shak.

    In the military schools of riding a variety of paces are taught. Walsh.

  8. To move quickly by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse; to amble with rapidity; to rack.
  9. To develop, guide, or control the pace or paces of; to teach the pace; to break in.

    If you can, pace your wisdom
    In that good path that I would wish it go.
    Shak

    To pace the web (Weaving), to wind up the cloth on the beam, periodically, as it is woven, in a loom.

  10. A slow gait; a footpace.

    [Obs.] Chucer.
  11. To pass away; to die.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  12. Specifically, a kind of fast amble; a rack.
  13. Any single movement, step, or procedure.

    [R.]

    The first pace necessary for his majesty to make is to fall into confidence with Spain. Sir W. Temple.

  14. A broad step or platform; any part of a floor slightly raised above the rest, as around an altar, or at the upper end of a hall.
  15. A device in a loom, to maintain tension on the warp in pacing the web.

    Geometrical pace, the space from heel to heel between the spot where one foot is set down and that where the same foot is again set down, loosely estimated at five feet, or by some at four feet and two fifths. See Roman pace in the Note under def. 2. [Obs.] -- To keep, or hold, pace with, to keep up with; to go as fast as. "In intellect and attainments he kept pace with his age." Southey.

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Pace

PACE, noun [Latin , to open, Gr., to tread. See Pass.]

1. A step.

2. The space between the two feet in walking, estimated at two feet and a half. But the geometrical pace is five feet, or the whole space passed over by the same foot from one step to another. Sixty thousand such paces make one degree on the equator.

3. Manner of walking; a gait; as a languishing pace; a heavy pace; a quick or slow pace

4. Step; gradation in business. [Little used.]

5. A mode of stepping among horses, in which the legs on the same side are lifted together. In a general sense, the word may be applied to any other mode of stepping.

6. Degree of celerity. Let him mend his pace

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day--

To keep or hold pace to keep up; to go or move as fast as something else.

PACE, verb intransitive

1. To go; to walk; to move.

2. To go, move or walk slowly.

3. To move by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse.

PACE, verb transitive

1. To measure by steps; as, to pace a piece of ground.

2. To regulate in motion.

If you ca, pace your wisdom in that good path that I would wish it go--

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