• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Stop-watch a watch whose hands can be stopped to allow of time that has elapsed being calculated more exactly, used in timing a race, &c
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  • Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
    Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
    “There are people whose watch stops at a certain hour and who remain permanently at that age.”
  • Irvin S. Cobb
    Irvin S. Cobb
    “A sudden violent jolt of it has been known to stop the victim's watch, snap his suspenders and crack his glass eye right across.”
  • Groucho Marx
    “Either he's dead or my watch has stopped.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. stoppen—O. Fr. estouper (Ice. stoppa, Ger. stopfen, to stuff); all from L. stupa, the coarse part of flax, tow.


In literature:

When it came to a stop I watched with fear and trembling to see the passengers descend.
"The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln" by Francis Fisher Browne
He will measure for you land, water, or fog; and if your watch stops going, he will repair it for you!
"The Nameless Castle" by Maurus Jókai
He seemed to bear a charmed life; and the girl watching him felt her heart stop, as the blood showed on his face and neck.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
Now and again he stopped, listened, and looked at his watch.
"Sandy" by Alice Hegan Rice
The fine grit had penetrated into the case of his wrist-watch and stopped it.
"The Jungle Girl" by Gordon Casserly
Even the breathing of the medium had stopped; Lady Laura heard only the ticking of the watch upon her own wrist.
"The Necromancers" by Robert Hugh Benson
They will be watching every approach to the Castle and to the Tower, hoping to stop me in time.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
There are dancers in this world, and other dancers; but Sharlee was the sort that old ladies stop and watch.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Of course we had to stop and watch this.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
It's the watched pot that never boils, you know, and so I tell her to stop watching for the postman.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King
George came running by them and stopped a moment by Roger's side, watching closely and eagerly every animal as it passed.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
Suddenly thought stopped short; he just watched the moon, and listened to a muffled stir among the hens.
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
When she had made her purchases she looked at her watch, and found that it had stopped.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
I hardly dared to stop my work and watch the scene, so fearful was it.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
In the distance I may be a little out of my calculation, my watch having stopped.
"Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria" by William Landsborough
He stopped shooting, and watched.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
He stopped the engine just beyond, and he and his companions watched it hopefully.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
There is an old law, it seems, that enables interested parties to hold a stop-watch on me.
"The Iron Furrow" by George C. Shedd
A peasant on an ass, coming down the road, had stopped and stood at gaze at a distance, watching these equestrian manoeuvres.
"The Actress in High Life" by Sue Petigru Bowen
Watch her move along hurriedly, till she comes to a narrow alley and stops in front of a wretched tenement house.
"Bohemian Society" by Lydia Leavitt

In poetry:

For he must look round on his right hand
To watch the white flutter--that stops
His aim, for it takes off his sight, and
I cough while the handerkerchief drops.
"The Road to Avernus, Scene XI 'Ten Paces Off'" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
The hours seemed like minutes as I stood and watched
That ha'penny there on the track.
Would the driver see it —and stop the train —
Or would he turn round and go back ?
"The Scotch Express —From Ireland" by T W Connor
Stop thief! stop thief! —
From the Sub to the Chief,
These Genmen of Finance are plundering cattle —
Call the watch, call Bougham
Tell Joseph Hume,
That best of Charleys, to spring his rattle.
"The Sinking Fund Cried" by Thomas Moore
No long time after, Jane was seen
Directing jumps at Daddy Green;
And that old man, to watch her fly,
Had eyebrows made of arches high;
Till homeward he likewise did hop,
Oft calling on himself to stop!
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
Coming up England by a different line
For once, early in the cold new year,
We stopped, and, watching men with number plates
Sprint down the platform to familiar gates,
'Why, Coventry!' I exclaimed. "I was born here.'
"I Remember, I Remember" by Philip Larkin
For close on half a minute I expected Hell to pay;
But Murray glares around the mill - then turns an' walks away.
He stops beside the loaded truck; an' each man in the mill
Watched Murray with a sidelong look; an' each man wished him ill.
"Murray's Ride" by C J Dennis

In news:

I'll stop shouting, watch the video.
Glenn Zior's neighbors in Mount Airy are not bothered by lights flashing four hours every night and traffic filling the narrow town street as car after car stops to watch and maybe leave a donation, he said.
In the interview, Jones called 'Two and a Half Men' "filth" and urged people to stop watching it.
Two and a Half Men star Angus T Jones calls show 'filth,' tells viewers to stop watching.
You have seen him, but never stopped to watch.
Lonta Burress Jr and Darius Gustus turn to watch the first witness approach the stand during the opening of the 2012 school bus stop shooting trial.
Hundreds stopped to watch him.
And I can't stop watching.
(CBS News) Stop what you're doing this instant and watch the above video.
When Urban Meyer watched his star quarterback lay on the turf in pain for the second time Saturday, the Ohio State coach said his heart nearly stopped .
Officers watching him swallow the bag, after stopping him.
Stop Rummaging for Your Phone and Check Texts, Emails on Cell-Connected Watches.
And why do I find it so hard to stop watching.
I bet you can't stop watching.
If you haven't seen ' Toy Story 3,' you should probably stop reading and not watch this video.