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stop

 (stŏp)
v. stopped, stop·ping, stops
v.tr.
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.
5.
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.
6.
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.
8.
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.
v.intr.
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.
n.
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.
12.
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.
adj.
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

stops

(stɒps)
n
(Card Games) (functioning as singular) any one of several card games in which players must play their cards in certain sequences
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stops - a gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace and king and queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and successively higher cards are played until the sequence stops; the player who plays a card matching one in the layout wins all the chips on that card
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
Translations
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I am one of these, and I make solemn assurance, based upon long traffic with John Barleycorn, that it won't hurt me very much to stop drinking when no one else drinks and when no drink is obtainable.
The train will be there in an hour, and will stop there ten minutes.
The pony made a moment's pause; but, as if it occurred to him that to stop when he was required might be to establish an inconvenient and dangerous precedent, he immediately started off again, rattled at a fast trot to the street corner, wheeled round, came back, and then stopped of his own accord.
And a hole in the ground means to stop, also, doesn't it?
He felt as he swung his scythe that he was at the very end of his strength, and was making up his mind to ask Tit to stop.
It being strictly a history of a BOY, it must stop here; the story could not go much further without becoming the history of a MAN.
I had mechanically turned in this latter direction, and was strolling along the lonely high-road--idly wondering, I remember, what the Cumberland young ladies would look like--when, in one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop by the touch of a hand laid lightly and suddenly on my shoulder from behind me.
You stop at the Schreiber--you'll find it full of Americans.
Once she wondered if he would stop if she dared go to him and then she remembered how he had driven her out of the room and thought that perhaps the sight of her might make him worse.
He excited himself to such a degree that monseigneur called to him to stop.
Broken-Tooth stopped teetering, but the branch would not stop, and his body continued bobbing up and down with the rustling leaves.
Big fella shark-fish, that fella leg stop 'm along him," the ancient grinned, exposing a horrible aperture of toothlessness for a mouth.