Definition of Stop

1. Noun. The event of something ending. "It came to a stop at the bottom of the hill"

Exact synonyms: Halt
Generic synonyms: Conclusion, Ending, Finish
Specialized synonyms: Cessation, Surcease, Stand, Standstill, Tie-up
Derivative terms: Halt, Halt, Halt, Halt

2. Verb. Come to a halt, stop moving. "These cars won't stop "; "She stopped in front of a store window"
Exact synonyms: Halt
Specialized synonyms: Go Off, Pull Up Short, Check, Check, Check, Rein, Rein In, Conk, Stall, Stall, Draw Up, Haul Up, Pull Up, Brake, Settle
Derivative terms: Halt, Halt, Halt
Antonyms: Start

3. Noun. The act of stopping something. "His stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood"
Exact synonyms: Stoppage
Generic synonyms: Act, Deed, Human Action, Human Activity
Specialized synonyms: Stand-down, Standdown, Haemostasia, Haemostasis, Hemostasia, Hemostasis

4. Verb. Put an end to a state or an activity. "They stop moving "; "Quit teasing your little brother"

5. Noun. A brief stay in the course of a journey. "They made a stopover to visit their friends"
Exact synonyms: Layover, Stopover
Generic synonyms: Stay
Specialized synonyms: Night-stop, Pit Stop, Pit Stop, Stand
Derivative terms: Lay Over, Stop Over

6. Verb. Stop from happening or developing. "They stop him from writing the letter"; "Halt the process"
Exact synonyms: Block, Halt, Kibosh
Specialized synonyms: Embargo, Stay
Generic synonyms: Forbid, Foreclose, Forestall, Preclude, Prevent
Derivative terms: Blockage, Halt, Halt

7. Noun. The state of inactivity following an interruption. "He spent the entire stop in his seat"
Exact synonyms: Arrest, Check, Halt, Hitch, Stay, Stoppage
Generic synonyms: Inaction, Inactiveness, Inactivity
Specialized synonyms: Countercheck, Logjam
Derivative terms: Check, Check, Halt, Halt

8. Verb. Interrupt a trip. "They stopped for three days in Florence"
Exact synonyms: Stop Over
Generic synonyms: Break Up, Cut Off, Disrupt, Interrupt
Specialized synonyms: Call, Lay Over, Stop Over

9. Noun. A spot where something halts or pauses. "His next stop is Atlanta"

10. Verb. Cause to stop. "Stop the thief"
Specialized synonyms: Check, Rein, Rein In, Arrest, Halt, Hold, Bring Up, Cut, Flag Down, Stall, Stall, Draw Up, Pull Up, Brake
Causes: Halt
Antonyms: Start
Derivative terms: Stoppage

11. Noun. A consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it. "His stop consonants are too aspirated"

12. Verb. Prevent completion. "Break off the negotiations"
Exact synonyms: Break, Break Off, Discontinue
Specialized synonyms: Fracture, Bog, Bog Down, Break Up, Cut Off, Disrupt, Interrupt
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate
Derivative terms: Discontinuation

13. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Full Point, Full Stop, Period, Point
Generic synonyms: Punctuation, Punctuation Mark
Specialized synonyms: Suspension Point
Derivative terms: Point, Point, Point

14. Verb. Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of. "Turn back the tide of communism"
Exact synonyms: Arrest, Check, Contain, Hold Back, Turn Back
Specialized synonyms: Cut Down, Cut Out
Generic synonyms: Defend
Derivative terms: Containment, Containment

15. Noun. (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"
Generic synonyms: Knob
Group relationships: Organ, Pipe Organ
Category relationships: Music

16. Verb. Seize on its way. "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"
Exact synonyms: Intercept
Generic synonyms: Catch, Grab, Take Hold Of
Specialized synonyms: Cut Off, Cut Out
Derivative terms: Interception, Interceptor

17. Noun. A mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens. "The new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically"
Exact synonyms: Diaphragm
Group relationships: Camera, Photographic Camera
Specialized synonyms: Iris, Iris Diaphragm
Generic synonyms: Mechanical Device

18. Verb. Have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical. "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"

19. Noun. A restraint that checks the motion of something. "He used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
Exact synonyms: Catch
Specialized synonyms: Bench Hook, Doorstop, Doorstopper, Click, Detent, Dog, Pawl, Trip, Tripper
Generic synonyms: Constraint, Restraint

20. Verb. Render unsuitable for passage. "Stop the busy road"
Exact synonyms: Bar, Barricade, Block, Block Off, Block Up, Blockade
Generic synonyms: Block, Close Up, Impede, Jam, Obstruct, Obturate, Occlude
Specialized synonyms: Block Off, Close Off, Shut Off, Close
Related verbs: Block, Obstruct
Derivative terms: Bar, Barricade, Barricade, Blockage, Blocking, Blockade, Stopper

21. Noun. An obstruction in a pipe or tube. "We had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"

22. Verb. Stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments. "Hold on a moment!"
Exact synonyms: Hold On
Generic synonyms: Break, Interrupt
Derivative terms: Stoppage

Definition of Stop

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

2. v. i. To cease to go on; to halt, or stand still; to come to a stop.

3. n. The act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; hindrance of progress or of action; cessation; repression; interruption; check; obstruction.

Definition of Stop

1. Verb. (intransitive) To cease moving. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To come to an end. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To cause (something) to cease moving or progressing. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To cause (something) to come to an end. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To close or block an opening. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive intransitive photography often with "up" or "down") To adjust the aperture of a camera lens. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To stay a while. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To tarry. ¹

9. Noun. A (usually marked) place where line buses, trams or trains halt to let passengers get on and off. ¹

10. Noun. An action of stopping; interruption of travel. ¹

11. Noun. A device intended to block the path of a moving object; as, a door stop. ¹

12. Noun. (linguistics) A consonant sound in which the passage of air through the mouth is temporarily blocked by the lips, tongue, or glottis. ¹

13. Noun. A symbol used for purposes of punctuation and representing a pause or separating clauses, particularly a full stop, comma, colon or semicolon. ¹

14. Noun. Short for a stopper, used in the phrase 'pull out all the stops'. ¹

15. Noun. A function that halts playback or recording in devices such as videocassette and DVD player. ¹

16. Noun. (by extension) A button that activates the stop function. ¹

17. Noun. (music) A knob or pin used to regulate the flow of air in an organ. ¹

18. Noun. (tennis) A very short shot which touches the ground close behind the net and is intended to bounce as little as possible. ¹

19. Noun. (zoology) The depression in a dog’s face between the skull and the nasal bones. ¹

20. Noun. (photography) An f-stop. ¹

21. Adverb. Prone to halting or hesitation. ¹

22. Noun. (UK dialectal) A small well-bucket; a milk-pail. ¹

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Definition of Stop

1. to discontinue the progress or motion of [v STOPPED or STOPT, STOPPING, STOPS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stop

stop (current term)
stop, drop and roll
stop-loss order
stop-loss orders
stop and smell the roses
stop at nothing
stop bath
stop by

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