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Definition 1: the act of stopping something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the third baseman made some remarkable stops
  • his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) something that people do or cause to happen

(... is a kind of stop ) (military) a temporary stop of offensive military action

(... is a kind of stop ) surgical procedure of stopping the flow of blood (as with a hemostat)

Definition 2: a brief stay in the course of a journey - [noun denoting act]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they made a stopover to visit their friends

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) continuing or remaining in a place or state

"they had a nice stay in Paris" "a lengthy hospital stay" "a four-month stay in bankruptcy court"

(... is a kind of stop ) a break in a journey for the night

(... is a kind of stop ) a brief stop at a pit during an automobile race to take on fuel or service the car

(... is a kind of stop ) a stop during an automobile trip for rest and refreshment

(... is a kind of stop ) a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance

"a one-night stand"

Definition 3: a restraint that checks the motion of something - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he used a book as a stop to hold the door open

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) a device that retards something's motion

"the car did not have proper restraints fitted"

(... is a kind of stop ) any of various stops on a workbench against which work can be pushed (as while chiseling or planing)

(... is a kind of stop ) a stop that keeps open doors from moving

(... is a kind of stop ) a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward

(... is a kind of stop ) a catch mechanism that acts as a switch

"the pressure activates the tripper and releases the water"

Definition 4: an obstruction in a pipe or tube - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) any structure that makes progress difficult

(... is a kind of stop ) a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing

(... is a kind of stop ) blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly

(... is a kind of stop ) a stoppage in a pipeline caused by gas bubbles (especially a stoppage that develops in hot weather in an internal-combustion engine when fuel in the gas line boils and forms bubbles that block the flow of gasoline to the carburetor)

Definition 5: a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles

(... is a kind of stop ) diaphragm consisting of thin overlapping plates that can be adjusted to change the diameter of a central opening

(... is part of stop) equipment for taking photographs (usually consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end and light-sensitive film at the other)

Definition 6: (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the organist pulled out all the stops

(stop is a kind of ...) a round handle

(... is part of stop) wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard

(stop belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 7: a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his stop consonants are too aspirated

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) a consonant that is produced with a partial or complete blockage of the airflow from the lungs through the nose or mouth

(... is a kind of stop ) a stop consonant that is produced with the lips

(... is a kind of stop ) a stop consonant articulated by releasing pressure at the glottis; as in the sudden onset of a vowel

(... is a kind of stop ) a stop consonant made by the suction of air into the mouth (as in Bantu)

(stop is a part of ...) the initial occluded phase of a stop consonant

(stop is a part of ...) the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant

Definition 8: a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in England they call a period a stop

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases

(... is a kind of stop ) (usually plural) one of a series of points indicating that something has been omitted or that the sentence is incomplete

Definition 9: the event of something ending - [noun denoting event]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) event whose occurrence ends something

"his death marked the ending of an era" "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"

(... is a kind of stop ) a stopping

"a cessation of the thunder"

(... is a kind of stop ) an interruption of normal activity

Definition 10: a spot where something halts or pauses - [noun denoting location]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his next stop is Atlanta

(stop is a kind of ...) a point located with respect to surface features of some region

"this is a nice place for a picnic" "a bright spot on a planet"

(... is a kind of stop ) a place on a bus route where buses stop to discharge and take on passengers

(... is a kind of stop ) a place (as at a frontier) where travellers are stopped for inspection and clearance

(... is a kind of stop ) a stop where carriers can be loaded and unloaded

(... is a kind of stop ) a stopping place on a journey

"there is a stopover to change planes in Chicago"

Definition 11: the state of inactivity following an interruption - [noun denoting state]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) the state of being inactive

(... is a kind of stop ) a check that restrains another check

(... is a kind of stop ) any stoppage attributable to unusual activity

"the legislation ran into a logjam"

Definition 12: prevent completion - [verb of change]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • stop the project
  • break off the negotiations

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) bring to an end or halt

"She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime" "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"

(... is a kind of stop ) become fractured

"The tibia fractured from the blow of the iron pipe"

(... is a kind of stop ) get stuck while doing something

"She bogged down many times while she wrote her dissertation"

(... is a kind of stop ) make a break in

"We interrupt the program for the following messages"

Definition 13: stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments - [verb of change]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Hold on a moment!

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) terminate

"She interrupted her pregnancy" "break a lucky streak" "break the cycle of poverty"

Definition 14: hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of - [verb of competition]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Arrest the downward trend
  • Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
  • Contain the rebel movement
  • Turn back the tide of communism

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) be on the defensive; act against an attack

(... is a kind of stop ) intercept (a player)

Definition 15: seize on its way - [verb of contact]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

"Catch the ball!" "Grab the elevator door!"

(... is a kind of stop ) cut off and stop

"The bicyclist was cut out by the van"

Definition 16: render unsuitable for passage - [verb of contact]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • block the way
  • barricade the streets
  • stop the busy road

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) block passage through

"obstruct the path"

(... is a kind of stop ) block off the passage through

"We shut off the valve"

(... is a kind of stop ) bar access to

"Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours"

(stop has a similar meaning as ...) shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight

"The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage" "The trees obstruct my view of the mountains"

Definition 17: come to a halt, stop moving - [verb of motion]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the car stopped
  • She stopped in front of a store window

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of stop ) stop running, functioning, or operating

"Our power went off during the hurricane"

(... is a kind of stop ) stop travelling by applying a brake

"We had to brake suddenly when a chicken crossed the road"

(... is a kind of stop ) come to a halt after driving somewhere

"The Rolls pulled up on pour front lawn" "The chauffeur hauled up in front of us"

(... is a kind of stop ) experience a stall in flight, of airplanes

(... is a kind of stop ) come to a stop

"The car stalled in the driveway"

(... is a kind of stop ) stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins

"They reined in in front of the post office"

(... is a kind of stop ) abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey

(... is a kind of stop ) stop in a chase especially when scent is lost

"The dog checked"

(... is a kind of stop ) stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution

"She checked for an instant and missed a step"

(... is a kind of stop ) stop abruptly

"The police car pulled up short and then turned around fast"

(... is a kind of stop ) come to rest

Definition 18: cause to stop - [verb of motion]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • stop a car
  • stop the thief

(... is a kind of stop ) arrest the motion (of something) abruptly

"He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"

(... is a kind of stop ) cause (a vehicle) to stop

"He pulled up the car in front of the hotel"

(... is a kind of stop ) cause an airplane to go into a stall

(... is a kind of stop ) cause an engine to stop

"The inexperienced driver kept stalling the car"

(... is a kind of stop ) signal to stop

"Let's flag down a cab--it's starting to rain" "The policeman flagged down our car"

(... is a kind of stop ) stop filming

"cut a movie scene"

(... is a kind of stop ) cause to come to a sudden stop

"The noise brought her up in shock"

(... is a kind of stop ) cause to stop

"Halt the engines" "Arrest the progress" "halt the presses"

(... is a kind of stop ) stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins

"He reined in his horses in front of the post office"

(... is a kind of stop ) cause to stop by applying the brakes

"brake the car before you go into a curve"

(stop causes ...) come to a halt, stop moving

"the car stopped" "She stopped in front of a store window"

Definition 19: interrupt a trip - [verb of motion]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we stopped at Aunt Mary's house
  • they stopped for three days in Florence

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) make a break in

"We interrupt the program for the following messages"

(... is a kind of stop ) make a stop in a harbour

"The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"

(... is a kind of stop ) interrupt a journey temporarily, e.g., overnight

"We had to stop over in Venezuela on our flight back from Brazil"

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Block his election
  • Halt the process

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(stop is a kind of ...) keep from happening or arising; make impossible

"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

(... is a kind of stop ) prevent commerce

"The U.S. embargoes Libya"

(... is a kind of stop ) stop a judicial process

"The judge stayed the execution order"

Definition 21: put an end to a state or an activity - [verb of stative]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Quit teasing your little brother

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of stop ) stop pursuing or acting

"drop a lawsuit" "knock it off!"

(... is a kind of stop ) stop using

"leave off your jacket--no need to wear it here"

(... is a kind of stop ) cease broadcasting; get off the air; as of radio stations

(... is a kind of stop ) withdraw from active participation

"He retired from chess"

(... is a kind of stop ) prevent from happening or continuing

"The government pulled the plug on spending"

(... is a kind of stop ) stem the flow of

"shut off the gas when you leave for a vacation"

(... is a kind of stop ) used in the imperative (get away, or stop it)

"Cheese it!"

(... is a kind of stop ) stop doing what one is doing

"At midnight, the student decided to call it quits and closed his books"

(... is a kind of stop ) give up

"break cigarette smoking"

Definition 22: have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical - [verb of stative]

Samples where stop or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for stop in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of stop ) go out of existence

"She hoped that the problem would eventually pass away"

(... is a kind of stop ) come to or be at an end

"the support from our sponsoring agency will discontinue after March 31"

(... is a kind of stop ) result or end

"How will the game turn out?"

(... is a kind of stop ) come to a close

"The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin"

(... is a kind of stop ) become invisible or unnoticeable

"The effect vanished when day broke"

(... is a kind of stop ) to be spent or finished

"The money had gone after a few days" "Gas is running low at the gas stations in the Midwest"

(... is a kind of stop ) become used up; be exhausted

"Our supplies finally ran out"

(... is a kind of stop ) end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

"The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"

(... is a kind of stop ) cease to exist

"An entire civilization vanished"

(... is a kind of stop ) close at the end of a session

"The court adjourned"

(... is a kind of stop ) become extinguished

"The lights suddenly went out and we were in the dark"

(... is a kind of stop ) cease operating

"The pump suddenly cut out"

(... is a kind of stop ) end, at least for a long time

"The correspondence lapsed"

(... is a kind of stop ) come to an end

"The heat wave finally broke yesterday"

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