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Dictionary definition for: Stop

1. (v) come to a halt, stop moving; "the car stopped" "She stopped in front of a store window"

2. (n) the event of something ending; "it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill"

3. (n) the act of stopping something; "the third baseman made some remarkable stops" "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood"

4. (v) put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother"

5. (n) a brief stay in the course of a journey; "they made a stopover to visit their friends"

6. (v) stop from happening or developing; "Block his election" "Halt the process"

7. (v) interrupt a trip; "we stopped at Aunt Mary''s house" "they stopped for three days in Florence"

8. (n) the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest" "held them in check" "during the halt he got some lunch" "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow" "he spent the entire stop in his seat"

9. (n) a spot where something halts or pauses; "his next stop is Atlanta"

10. (v) cause to stop; "stop a car" "stop the thief"

11. (n) a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it; "his stop consonants are too aspirated"

12. (v) prevent completion; "stop the project" "break off the negociations"

13. (v) hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend" "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia" "Contain the rebel movement" "Turn back the tide of communism"

14. (n) 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"

15. (v) seize on its way; "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country''s airspace"

16. (n) (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"

17. (n) a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; "the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically"

18. (v) have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed" "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other" "My property ends by the bushes" "The symphony end

19. (v) render unsuitable for passage; "block the way" "barricade the streets" "stop the busy road"

20. (n) a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"

21. (v) stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; "Hold on a moment!"

22. (n) an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"

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