• They began to pace up and down
    They began to pace up and down
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pace measure (distances) by pacing "step off ten yards"
    • v pace regulate or set the pace of "Pace your efforts"
    • v pace walk with slow or fast paces "He paced up and down the hall"
    • v pace go at a pace "The horse paced"
    • n pace a step in walking or running
    • n pace the relative speed of progress or change "he lived at a fast pace","he works at a great rate","the pace of events accelerated"
    • n pace a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
    • n pace the distance covered by a step "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
    • n pace the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
    • n pace the rate of some repeating event
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The Resting‑place of Overbeck in the Church of San Bernardo, Rome, is marked by a Cross of white marble bordered with black, and bearing the inscription: 'JOANNES FRIDERICUS OVERBECK—IN PACE The Resting‑place of Overbeck in the Church of San Bernardo, Rome, is marked by a Cross of white marble bordered with...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1986, a drunk fan got into a pace car at Talladega Superspeedway, and started joyriding on the track in front of a nationwide audience. The police cruisers who had to chase him around the track were not amused when they caught and arrested him
    • pace (Arch) 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.
    • pace (Weaving) A device in a loom, to maintain tension on the warp in pacing the web.
    • pace A single movement from one foot to the other in walking; a step.
    • pace A slow gait; a footpace.
    • pace Any single movement, step, or procedure. "The first pace necessary for his majesty to make is to fall into confidence with Spain."
    • pace 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. "To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
      Creeps in this petty pace from day to day."
      "In the military schools of riding a variety of paces are taught."
    • pace Specifically, a kind of fast amble; a rack.
    • pace 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 height of sixty pace ."
    • pace The rate of progress of any process or activity; as, the students ran at a rapid pace; the plants grew at a remarkable pace .
    • Pace 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."
    • Pace To go; to walk; specifically, to move with regular or measured steps. "I paced on slowly.""With speed so pace ."
    • Pace To measure by steps or paces; as, to pace a piece of ground. Often used with out; as, to pace out the distance.
    • Pace To move quickly by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse; to amble with rapidity; to rack.
    • Pace To pass away; to die.
    • Pace To proceed; to pass on. "Or [ere] that I further in this tale pace ."
    • Pace To walk over with measured tread; to move slowly over or upon; as, the guard paces his round. "Pacing light the velvet plain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The mile is Latin for 1,000. The number of paces it took the average Roman
    • n pace The space or distance traversed by the foot in one completed movement in walking; hence, the movement itself; a step.
    • n pace A lineal measure of variable extent, representing the space naturally measured by the movement of the foot in walking. In some cases the name is given to the distance from the place where either foot is taken up, in walking, to that where the same foot is set down, being assumed by some to be 5 feet, by others 4⅖ feet—this pace of a double step being called a geometrical pace, or great pace. The pace of a single step (the military pace) is estimated at 2½ feet. The Welsh pace is 2¼ English feet. The ancient Roman pace, the thousandth part of a mile, was 5 Roman feet, and every foot contained between 11.60 and 11.64 English inches, hence the pace was about 58.1 English inches.
    • n pace Manner or rate of walking or of progression; gait; rate of advance; velocity: as, a quick pace; to set the pace; it is pace that kills.
    • n pace Specifically, in music, same as tempo.
    • n pace The rate of moving on foot; footpace.
    • n pace A gait of the horse, in which the legs of the same side are lifted together. See rack.
    • n pace A step; measure; thing to be done.
    • n pace A pass or passage. See pass.
    • n pace Course; direction.
    • n pace A space; while.
    • n pace A part of a poem or tale; passage; passus.
    • n pace A part of a floor slightly raised above the general level; a dais; a broad step or slightly raised space above some level, especially about a tomb.
    • n pace A herd or company of beasts: as, a pace of asses.
    • pace To step; walk; move; especially, to step slowly or with measured or stately tread; stride.
    • pace To go on; advance.
    • pace Specifically, in the manège, to go at the pace; move by lifting both feet of the same side simultaneously; amble. See pace, n., and rack.
    • pace To walk over step by step: as, the sentinel paces his round.
    • pace To measure by stepping; measure in paces: as, to pace a piece of ground.
    • pace To train to a certain step, as a horse; hence, to regulate.
    • pace A corruption of parse.
    • n pace A dialectal form of pasch.
    • pace With or by the leave, permission, or consent of (some person mentioned): usually employed as a courteous form of expressing disagreement, like “A. B. must give me leave (or allow me) to say.”
    • pace To set the pace for (a contestant) in training for a race, or in racing, as for a boat's crew, for a bicycle rider, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pace pās a stride: the space between the feet in walking, 30 inches, a step: gait: rate of walking (of a man or beast): rate of speed in movement or work, often applied to fast living: mode of stepping in horses in which the legs on the same side are lifted together: amble:
    • v.t Pace to measure by steps: to cause to progress: to train in walking or stepping
    • v.i Pace to walk: to walk slowly: to amble
    • prep Pace pā′sē with or by the leave of (expressing disagreement courteously).
    • n Pace pās (obs.) a passage
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “It generally happens that assurance keeps an even pace with ability.”
  • Stanley C. Gault
    Stanley C. Gault
    “You have to set the tone and the pace, define objectives and strategies, demonstrate through personal example what you expect from others.”
  • Frank Dane
    “Ignorance is never out of style. It was in fashion yesterday, it is the rage today and it will set the pace tomorrow.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Quite minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.”
  • Austin O'Malley
    “An Englishmen thinks seated; a Frenchmen standing; an American pacing, an Irishman, afterwards.”


At a snail's pace - If something moves at a snail's pace, it moves very slowly.
Gather pace - If events gather pace, they move faster.
Pick up the pace - To speed things up


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pas, F. pas, from L. passus, a step, pace, orig., a stretching out of the feet in walking; cf. pandere, passum, to spread, stretch; perh. akin to E. patent,. Cf. Pas Pass
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pas—L. passus, a step—pandĕre, passum, to stretch.


In literature:

He tried to quicken the pace, but Miss Hartley was not to be hurried.
"Salthaven" by W. W. Jacobs
The girl quickened her pace.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
At the gate the Indian waited for us, and he followed a few paces in the rear.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
I rode slowly, and but a few paces before reining up my horse.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
He was about twenty paces from the chase and directly in the rear.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
I saw the border of a black wave within ten paces of me, and still approaching!
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
After pacing the deck for a few minutes I went below to consult with Stanley.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Katherine turned and began to pace again, her hands clasped behind her back.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
For some time his companions kept pace with him, doing their best.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
We were going at such a pace that we nearly tumbled down the banks.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen

In poetry:

The wind through the summer woods blows cool,
So I walk with quiet pace,
But I stop a little at the pool,
And again I see your face.
"The Pool" by Alexander Anderson
Then sternly stalk'd with heavy pace,
Which shook the trembling wall;
And, frowning, turn'd his angry face,
And vanish'd from the hall.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
The Baron return'd in three days' space,
And his looks were sad and sour;
And weary was his courser's pace,
As he reach'd his rocky tower.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
There are servants to do my bidding;
There are servants to heed my call;
And I, with a master's air of pride,
May pace through the vaulted hall.
"My Castle" by Horatio Alger Jr
Who hath not known delight whose feet
Have paced thy streets or terrace way;
From rampart sod or bastion grey
Hath marked thy sea-like river greet.
"Quebec" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
I gaze on his rooms as beneath I pace,
And the past again comes o'er me,
For I feel his grasp, and I see his face,
And his voice has a welcome for me.
"In Memoriam G. A. P." by E W Bowling

In news:

A poetic change of pace.
And it was thanks in large part to the " change-of-pace " back.
My pace hasn't changed in years.
Change of pace in Wyoming.
New Orleans Hornets rookie small forward Darius Miller wasn't in the mood for talking after playing tentative and appearing somewhat overwhelmed by the faster pace of the NBA during his summer league debut Sunday night in Las Vegas.
New UGA women's golf coach Brewer welcomes change of pace.
After spending the last few years fighting the big-city bustle of Los Angeles, Josh Brewer welcomes the change of pace in the Deep South.
Rental bicycles offer a change of pace.
Open water offers change of pace Local swimmers compete at the 2012 Del Valle Open Water Festival.
On Romney's Michigan Tour, A Change Of Pace.
Cannerelli / The Post-Standard The Change of Pace on Grant Blvd in Syracuse is one of the eight finalists in the Best of Chicken Wing Showdown.
Good news for a change of pace.
A speech-y change of pace.
Change of pace for the day to remember what tomorrow is.
She was still pacing the stage, unable to sit during the interview.

In science:

The pace of development and the increasing role of accelerator-based science in Asia has led to the establishment of a forum, the Asian Committee for Future Accelerators (ACFA), to discuss and implement plans for further promoting collaborative accelerator-based science in Asia.
The world of synchrotrons
A good measure of the pace of development of quantum-gravity phenomenology can be obtained by comparing the number of ideas that needed to be covered by this author in the previous review some three years ago 1 and the number of ideas that have been covered (however briefly) in this review.
Quantum-Gravity Phenomenology: Status and Prospects
The release schedule reflects the pace of development and managements decisions about how to best serve our users.
Commissioning the CDF Offline Software
Such data is now coming in at a rapid pace. 4) According to our code, stars with initial mass ∼ 9.3 M⊙ undergo a thermonuclear explosion for values of µν larger than 2 × 10−11 µB .
The Impact of Neutrino Magnetic Moments on the Evolution of Massive Stars
It is also interesting to point out that for the χEFT600 interaction, where the Σ− hyperons appears late, if at all, it is the Ξ hyperons which takes its pace and influences the maximum mass of a NS [37, 38].
On the appearance of hyperons in neutron stars