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v. stopped, stop·ping, stops
1. To close (an opening or hole) by covering, filling in, or plugging up: The tea leaves stopped the drain.
2. To constrict (an opening or orifice): My nose is stopped up.
3. To obstruct or block passage on (a road, for example).
4. To prevent the flow or passage of: stop supplies from getting through.
a. To halt the motion or progress of: stopped me and asked directions.
b. To block or deflect (a blow, for example); parry or ward off.
c. To be or get in the way of (a bullet or other missile); be killed or wounded by.
a. To cause to desist or to change a course of action: The rain stopped us from continuing the argument.
b. To prevent or restrain: An invitation to dinner stopped him from going to the movies.
7. To discontinue or cease: He stopped his complaining.
a. To defeat (an opponent or opposing team).
b. To defeat in boxing by a knockout or technical knockout.
9. To order a bank to withhold payment of: stopped the check.
10. Music
a. To press down (a string on a stringed instrument) on the fingerboard to produce a desired pitch.
b. To close (a hole on a wind instrument) with the finger in sounding a desired pitch.
1. To cease moving, progressing, acting, or operating; come to a halt: The clock stopped in the night.
2. To put an end to what one is doing; cease: had to stop at an exciting place in the book.
3. To interrupt one's course or journey for a brief visit or stay. Often used with by, in, or off: stop by at a friend's house; stop in at the office; stop off at the gas station.
1. The act of stopping or the condition of being stopped: Can't you put a stop to all this ruckus? Production is at a stop.
2. A halt or stay, as on a trip: We made a stop in Austin.
3. A place at which someone or something stops: a regular stop on my delivery route; a bus stop.
4. A device or means that obstructs, blocks, or plugs up.
5. An order given to a bank to withhold payment on a check.
6. A stop order.
7. A part in a mechanism that stops or regulates movement.
8. The effective aperture of a lens, controlled by a diaphragm.
9. A mark of punctuation, especially a period.
10. Music
a. The act of stopping a string or hole on an instrument.
b. A fret on a stringed instrument.
c. A hole on a wind instrument.
d. A device such as a key for closing the hole on a wind instrument.
e. A tuned set of pipes, as in an organ.
f. A knob, key, or pull that regulates such a set of pipes.
11. Nautical A line used for securing something temporarily: a sail stop.
a. Linguistics One of a set of speech sounds that is a plosive or a nasal.
b. A plosive.
13. The depression between the muzzle and top of the skull of an animal, especially a dog.
14. Sports A save made by a goalie.
15. Games A stopper.
16. Architecture A projecting stone, often carved, at the end of a molding.
17. A control mechanism on an audio or video player that causes a recording to stop playing.
Of, relating to, or being of use at the end of an operation or activity: a stop code.
Phrasal Verbs:
stop down
To reduce (the aperture) of a lens.
stop out
To withdraw temporarily from college.

[Middle English stoppen, from Old English -stoppian, probably from Vulgar Latin *stuppāre, to caulk, from Latin stuppa, tow, broken flax, from Greek stuppē.]

stop′pa·ble adj.
Synonyms: stop, cease, desist, discontinue, halt1, quit
These verbs mean to bring or come to an end: stop arguing; ceased crying; desist from complaining; discontinued the treatment; halting the convoy; quit laughing.
Antonym: start
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.stoppable - capable of being stopped; "if we pick up our pace he may be stoppable"
unstoppable - not capable of being stopped; "as unstoppable as the wind"
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Movable object meets stoppable force Bray conceded 37 home goals last season, the highest of any surviving team.
Piqued by this unhealthy development, the Conference of Middle Belt Forum strongly condemned the act, it posited that the practice is gaining in notoriety and expressed disappointment that the kidnap and forceful marriage of Christian girls are done with the connivance of some traditional rulers and law enforcement agencies, sadly with a pretentious look of helplessness by federal and state governments, adding that the incidents are stoppable if there are no ulterior political motives behind them.
However, he has experienced a slight dip in form in the past fortnight, leaving a big space for Christian Benteke to plant a central header past him in the 3-0 defeat by Palace, failing to reach Juan Mata's stoppable free-kick in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United and scoring a sloppy own goal a gainst Watford on Boxing Day.
Eminently stoppable and the keeper will know he should have had it.
Version 1 of WannaCrypt was stoppable but version 2.
We have stopped this one, but there will be another one coming and it will not be stoppable by us," the 22-year-old told the BBC on Sunday.
Mark Pomerleau, "Drones: Findable, but Not Stoppable," GCN, 3 June 2015, https://gcn.
The fashion industry in Africa is proving itself to the world and showing that its voice is literally un- stoppable, fresh and highly profitable.
It's wrong, it's outrageous and it is completely stoppable.
If Everton had scored a wonder goal you can say 'there's not a lot we can do about that', but the last four goals were all stoppable by us and there was nothing brilliant about Everton's play," said Allardyce.
He's probably not stoppable because of his name, period," said Julie McCarty, the president of the NE Tarrant Tea Party, who opposed Bush during the primary and says she still does not believe he is a true conservative.
Also in August, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei deplored the violence used against the defenseless people in Egypt, and underlined the necessity for a return to democracy and respect for people's vote in Egypt, and said, "After years of (being ruled by) a dictatorial regime, they held a healthy election thanks to the Islamic Awakening and this trend of democracy is not stoppable.