Stop v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stopped p. pr. & vb. n. Stopping.]
1. To close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing; as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound.
2. To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way, road, or passage.
3. To arrest the progress of; to hinder; to impede; to shut in; as, to stop a traveler; to stop the course of a stream, or a flow of blood.
4. To hinder from acting or moving; to prevent the effect or efficiency of; to cause to cease; to repress; to restrain; to suppress; to interrupt; to suspend; as, to stop the execution of a decree, the progress of vice, the approaches of old age or infirmity.
Whose disposition all the world well knows
Will not be rubbed nor stopped. --Shak.
5. Mus. To regulate the sounds of, as musical strings, by pressing them against the finger board with the finger, or by shortening in any way the vibrating part.
6. To point, as a composition; to punctuate. [R.]
If his sentences were properly stopped. --Landor.
7. Naut. To make fast; to stopper.
Syn: -- To obstruct; hinder; impede; repress; suppress; restrain; discontinue; delay; interrupt.
To stop off Founding, to fill (a part of a mold) with sand, where a part of the cavity left by the pattern is not wanted for the casting.
To stop the mouth. See under Mouth.
Stopped a. Phonetics Made by complete closure of the mouth organs; shut; -- said of certain consonants (p, b, t, d, etc.).
n 1: the event of something ending; "it came to a stop at the
bottom of the hill" [syn: halt]
2: the act of stopping something; "the third baseman made some
remarkable stops"; "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a
flood" [syn: stoppage]
3: a brief stay in the course of a journey; "they made a
stopover to visit their friends" [syn: stopover, layover]
4: 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" [syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay,
5: a spot where something halts or pauses; "his next stop is
6: a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some
point and suddenly releasing it; "his stop consonants are
too aspirated" [syn: stop consonant, occlusive, plosive
consonant, plosive speech sound, plosive] [ant: continuant
7: 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" [syn: period, point,
full stop, full point]
8: (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"
9: a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of
aperture of the lens; "the new cameras adjust the
diaphragm automatically" [syn: diaphragm]
10: a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a
book as a stop to hold the door open" [syn: catch]
11: an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber
to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe" [syn: blockage,
block, closure, occlusion, stoppage]
v 1: come to a halt, stop moving; "the car stopped"; "She stopped
in front of a store window" [syn: halt] [ant: start]
2: put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your
little brother" [syn: discontinue, cease, give up, quit,
lay off] [ant: continue]
3: stop from happening or developing; "Block his election";
"Halt the process" [syn: halt, block, kibosh]
4: interrupt a trip; "we stopped at Aunt Mary's house"; "they
stopped for three days in Florence" [syn: stop over]
5: cause to stop; "stop a car"; "stop the thief" [ant: start]
6: prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the
negociations" [syn: break, break off, discontinue]
7: 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" [syn: check,
turn back, arrest, contain, hold back]
8: seize on its way; "The fighter plane was ordered to
intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's
airspace" [syn: intercept]
9: 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 ends in a pianissimo" [syn: end,
finish, terminate, cease] [ant: begin]
10: render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade
the streets"; "stop the busy road" [syn: barricade, block,
blockade, block off, block up, bar]
11: stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or
developments; "Hold on a moment!" [syn: hold on]
[also: stopping, stopped]
adj 1: used of string or hole or pipe of instruments [ant: unstopped]
2: (of a nose) blocked; "a stopped (or stopped-up) nose" [syn:
stopped-up(a), stopped up(p)]