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Stop \Stop\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stopped; p. pr. & vb. n. Stopping.] [OE. stoppen, AS. stoppian (in comp.); akin to LG. & D. stoppen, G. stopfen, Icel. stoppa, Sw. stoppa, Dan. stoppe; all probably fr. LL. stopare, stupare, fr. L. stuppa the coarse part of flax, tow, oakum. Cf. Estop, Stuff, Stupe a fomentation.]

  1. To close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing; as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound.

  2. To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way, road, or passage.

  3. To arrest the progress of; to hinder; to impede; to shut in; as, to stop a traveler; to stop the course of a stream, or a flow of blood.

  4. To hinder from acting or moving; to prevent the effect or efficiency of; to cause to cease; to repress; to restrain; to suppress; to interrupt; to suspend; as, to stop the execution of a decree, the progress of vice, the approaches of old age or infirmity.

    Whose disposition all the world well knows Will not be rubbed nor stopped.

  5. (Mus.) To regulate the sounds of, as musical strings, by pressing them against the finger board with the finger, or by shortening in any way the vibrating part.

  6. To point, as a composition; to punctuate. [R.]

    If his sentences were properly stopped.

  7. (Naut.) To make fast; to stopper.

    Syn: To obstruct; hinder; impede; repress; suppress; restrain; discontinue; delay; interrupt.

    To stop off (Founding), to fill (a part of a mold) with sand, where a part of the cavity left by the pattern is not wanted for the casting.

    To stop the mouth. See under Mouth.


Stopped \Stopped\, a. (Phonetics) Made by complete closure of the mouth organs; shut; -- said of certain consonants (p, b, t, d, etc.).
--H. Sweet.

  1. 1 (context of a vehicle English) Not move, but not properly parked or berthed; (non-gloss definition: said also of the occupants of such a vehicle.) 2 (context more generally English) In the state resulting from having stopped. 3 (context of a pipe English) Having a stop; being closed at one end. 4 (context of a plant English) In a well-pruned state. 5 (context phonetics English) Made by complete closure of the organs in the mouth; said of certain consonants such as ''b'', ''d'', ''p'', and ''t''. v

  2. (en-past of: stop)

  1. n. the event of something ending; "it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill" [syn: halt]

  2. the act of stopping something; "the third baseman made some remarkable stops"; "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood" [syn: stoppage]

  3. a brief stay in the course of a journey; "they made a stopover to visit their friends" [syn: stopover, layover]

  4. the state of inactivity following an interruption; "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" [syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stoppage]

  5. a spot where something halts or pauses; "his next stop is Atlanta"

  6. a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it; "his stop consonants are too aspirated" [syn: stop consonant, occlusive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, plosive] [ant: continuant consonant]

  7. a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; "in England they call a period a stop" [syn: period, point, full stop, full point]

  8. (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes; "the organist pulled out all the stops"

  9. a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; "the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically" [syn: diaphragm]

  10. a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open" [syn: catch]

  11. an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe" [syn: blockage, block, closure, occlusion, stoppage]

  12. [also: stopping, stopped]

  1. adj. used of string or hole or pipe of instruments [ant: unstopped]

  2. (of a nose) blocked; "a stopped (or stopped-up) nose" [syn: stopped-up(a), stopped up(p)]


See stop

  1. v. come to a halt, stop moving; "the car stopped"; "She stopped in front of a store window" [syn: halt] [ant: start]

  2. put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother" [syn: discontinue, cease, give up, quit, lay off] [ant: continue]

  3. stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process" [syn: halt, block, kibosh]

  4. interrupt a trip; "we stopped at Aunt Mary's house"; "they stopped for three days in Florence" [syn: stop over]

  5. cause to stop; "stop a car"; "stop the thief" [ant: start]

  6. prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negociations" [syn: break, break off, discontinue]

  7. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism" [syn: check, turn back, arrest, contain, hold back]

  8. seize on its way; "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace" [syn: intercept]

  9. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "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" [syn: end, finish, terminate, cease] [ant: begin]

  10. render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road" [syn: barricade, block, blockade, block off, block up, bar]

  11. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; "Hold on a moment!" [syn: hold on]

  12. [also: stopping, stopped]

Usage examples of "stopped".

And do you also know that had your egocentric, blind lead wizard not been so protective of his silly secret of the training of young females in the craft, you could have easily stopped me from accomplishing all that I have?

I got that slug in my hip--and the keg hit my laigs and stopped, so I picked it up and heaved it back acrost the street.

Then suddenly they were gone, all stopped together, and the water resumed its flat oily calm, only the smell of sulphur hanging on the air to remind us that we were aground on a submarine volcano that was fissured with gas-vents like a colander.

The sobs which interrupted the short and simple allocution which the pastor made to his flock overcame him so much that he stopped and said no more, except to invite all present to fervent prayer.

He never stopped alluding to their fate, determined to undermine any prospect of relief.

The inspector had stopped suddenly, and was staring with a look of absolute amazement at a paper upon the table.

Grumbler stopped again, momentarily confused, angrily tempted to lob a magnapult canister across the broken terrain toward the impact, but the emissary ear reported no physical movement from the area.

When he stopped looking at her legs and breasts in anticipation he saw there was a daunting expression on her face.

Several of the antlered animals had stopped feeding, aware of the presence of the newcomers, but horses were not threatening.

She had stopped talking about the old Cannes days and had sat lingering in rapt silence as the White Hunter told of antres vast and deserts idle and of the cannibals that each other eat, the Anthropophagi, and men whose heads do grow beneath their shoulders.

Shareem stopped at the elbow of a man who looked appreciably older than the rest of the Vrya.

He was attended by a body of cavalry: but having stopped on the road for some necessary occasion, his guards preserved a respectful distance, and Martialis, approaching his person under a presence of duty, stabbed him with a dagger.

There he hooked legs into the ladder and stopped each of the arriving items, catching them easily in chest and arms, leaving them hanging somehow in the air, motionless beside the ladder.

He stopped, drew his shapes, walked on, stopped, drew, walked, on to the spired old-century cragginess of Nabob Bridge, and over quickly through Kinken where the richer khepri moieties, older money and arriviste, preserved their dreamed-up culture in the Plaza of Statues, kitsch mythic shapes in khepri-spit.

About daybreak the artillerists stopped once more, this time to feed their horses, then continued on.