[c]/stɒp / (say stop)

verb (stopped or, Poetic, stopt, stopping)
verb (t)
1. to cease from, leave off, or discontinue: to stop running.
2. to cause to cease; put an end to: to stop noise in the street.
3. to interrupt, arrest, or check (a course, proceeding, process, etc.).
4. to cut off, intercept, or withhold: to stop supplies.
5. (sometimes followed by from) to restrain, hinder, or prevent: to stop a person from doing something.
6. to prevent from proceeding, acting, operating, continuing, etc.: to stop a speaker; to stop a car.
7. Also, stop up. to block, obstruct, or close (a passageway, channel, opening, duct, etc.).
8. to fill the hole or holes in (a wall, a decayed tooth, etc.).
9. to close (a container, tube, etc.) with a cork, plug, bung, or the like.
10. to close the external orifice of (the ears, nose, mouth, etc.).
11. Boxing, Fencing, etc.
a. to check (a stroke, blow, etc.); parry; ward off.
b. to defeat by a knockout or the like: the local boy stopped his opponent in the fourth round.
12. Banking to notify a banker not to honour (a cheque) on presentation.
13. Bridge to have an honour card and a sufficient number of protecting cards to keep an opponent from continuing to win in (a suit).
14. Music
a. to close (a finger hole, etc.) in order to produce a particular note from a wind instrument.
b. to press down (a string of a violin, etc.) in order to alter the pitch of the note produced from it.
c. to insert the hand in (the bell of a horn) in order to alter the pitch and quality of the note.
d. to produce (a particular note) by so doing.
verb (i)
15. to come to a stand, as in a course or journey; halt.
16. to cease moving, proceeding, speaking, acting, operating, etc.; to pause; desist.
17. to cease; come to an end.
18. to stay temporarily: I stopped there for dinner; come and stop with us for a few weeks.
19. the act of stopping.
20. a cessation or arrest of movement, action, operation, etc.; end.
21. a stay or sojourn made at a place, as in the course of a journey.
22. a place where buses or other transport vehicles stop to pick up and set down passengers.
23. a closing or filling up, as of a hole.
24. a blocking or obstructing, as of a passage or way.
25. Fencing the action of a fencer who stands still instead of parrying a blow and then thrusting, allowing the opponent to run on his or her sword.
26. a plug or other stopper for an opening.
27. an obstacle, impediment, or hindrance.
28. any piece or device that serves to check or control movement or action in a mechanism.
29. Chiefly Victoriasprig (def. 8).
30. Banking a stop order.
31. Music
a. the act of closing a finger hole, etc., or of pressing down a string, of an instrument, in order to produce a particular note.
b. a device or contrivance, as on an instrument, for accomplishing this.
c. (in an organ) a graduated set of pipes of the same kind and giving tones of the same quality.
d. a knob or handle which is drawn out or pushed back to permit or prevent the sounding of such a set of pipes or to control some other part of the organ.
e. a similar group of reeds on a reed organ.
32. Zoology the angle between the forehead and the nose or the face of a mammal, especially that of a dog.
33. Nautical a piece of small line used to lash or fasten something, as a furled sail.
34. Phonetics
a. an articulation which interrupts the flow of air from the lungs.
b. a consonant sound resulting from stop articulation; /p/, /b/, /t/, /d/, /k/, and /g/ are the English stops.
35. Photography the aperture size of a lens, especially as indicated by an f number.
36. full stop.
37. the word `stop' spelt out, and used instead of a full stop in telegraphic and cable messages.
38. (plural) a family of games in which a player continues to play cards in a certain sequence until play is no longer possible.
39. Cards
a. a card which interrupts the run of a sequence.
b. Bridge an honour card covered by a sufficient number of lesser cards to prevent an opponent from continuing to win a suit.
40. pull out all (the) stops, Colloquial
a. to speak with extreme emotion.
b. to push oneself or a machine to the utmost.
41. stop and smell the roses, Colloquial to take time to relax and enjoy life.
42. stop by, to call somewhere briefly on the way to another destination.
43. stop down, Photography to reduce the aperture size of (a camera).
44. stop it, (often used imperatively) to desist from an activity displeasing to others.
45. stop off, to interrupt a journey: when we reach Geraldton we'll stop off for an hour.
46. stop off at (or in), to interrupt (a journey) at or in: they stopped off in Geraldton.
47. stop one, Colloquial
a. to have an alcoholic drink: *`Hi, Dick,' he called, `could you stop one?' –katherine susannah prichard, 1929.
b. to receive an injury, as from a bullet, a fist, etc.
48. stop over, to make a stopover.
49. to a dead stop, to a sudden and complete standstill.
{Middle English stoppe, Old English stoppian, from Vulgar Latin. Compare Italian stoppare plug with tow (rope), from stoppa, from Latin stuppa tow}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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