From Latin pācem, accusative of pāx (“peace”).
pace (plural paces) (obsolete) Passage, route. (obsolete) One's journey or route. (obsolete) A passage through difficult terrain; a mountain pass or route vulnerable to ambush etc. 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.1: But when she saw them gone she forward went, / As lay her journey, through that perlous Pace . (obsolete) An aisle in a church. Step. A step taken with the foot. The distance covered in a step (or sometimes two), either vaguely or according to various specific set measurements. Even at the duel, standing 10 paces apart, he could have satisfied Aaron’s honor. I have perambulated your field, and estimate its perimeter to be 219 paces. Way of stepping. A manner of walking, running or dancing; the rate or style of how someone moves with their feet. 2012 June 9, Owen Phillips, “Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark”, BBC Sport: Netherlands, one of the pre-tournament favourites, combined their undoubted guile, creativity, pace and attacking quality with midfield grit and organisation. Any of various gaits of a horse, specifically a 2-beat, lateral gait. Speed or velocity in general. (cricket) A measure of the hardness of a pitch and of the tendency of a cricket ball to maintain its speed after bouncing. The collective noun for donkeys. 1952, G. B. Stern, The Donkey Shoe, The Macmillan Company (1952), page 29: but at Broadstairs and other places along the coast, a pace of donkeys stood on the sea-shore expectant (at least, their owners were expectant) of children clamouring to ride. 2006, "Drop the dead donkeys", The Economist, 9 November 2006: A pace of donkeys fans out in different directions. 2007, Elinor De Wire, The Lightkeepers' Menagerie: Stories of Animals at Lighthouses, Pineapple Press (2007), ISBN 9781561643905, page 200: Like a small farm, the lighthouse compound had its chattering of chicks, pace of donkeys, troop of horses, and fold of sheep.
pace (third-person singular simple present paces, present participle pacing, simple past and past participle paced) Walk to and fro in a small space. 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter V Groups of men, in all imaginable attitudes, were lying, standing, sitting, or pacing up and down. Set the speed in a race. Measure by walking.
Adjective pace (not comparable) (cricket) Describing a bowler who bowls fast balls.
APEC cape EPCA
pace (formal) With all due respect to.
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