AskDefine | Define pace

Dictionary Definition



1 the rate of moving (especially walking or running) [syn: gait]
2 the distance covered by a step; "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig" [syn: footstep, step, stride]
3 the relative speed of progress or change; "he lived at a fast pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events accelerated" [syn: rate]
4 a step in walking or running [syn: stride, tread]
5 the rate of some repeating event [syn: tempo]
6 a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride [syn: yard]


1 walk with slow or fast paces; "He paced up and down the hall"
2 go at a pace; "The horse paced"
3 measure (distances) by pacing; "step off ten yards" [syn: step]
4 regulate or set the pace of; "Pace your efforts"

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

From pas ← passus.

Pronunciation 1

  • /peɪs/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪs


  1. A step taken with the foot.
    Even at the duel, standing 10 paces apart, he could have satisfied Aaron’s honor.
  2. An English Customary Unit of distance measuring approximately five feet.
    I have perambulated your field, and estimate its perimeter to be 219 paces.
  3. Speed or velocity.
    OHSU accelerates the pace of technology spin-offs.
  4. A measure of the hardness of a pitch and of the tendency of a cricket ball to maintain its speed after bouncing.
  5. For ground forces, the speed of a column or element regulated to maintain a prescribed average speed.
  6. A 2-beat, lateral gait of a horse.
a step
  • Finnish: askel
  • Greek: βήμα (víma)
  • Hungarian: lépés
  • Polish: krok
  • Portuguese: passo
  • Russian: шаг (šag)
  • Slovene: korak
  • Spanish: paso
English unit of distance
  • Slovene: korak
  • Finnish: tahti
  • Greek: ρυθμός (rythmós)
  • Polish: tempo
  • Portuguese: passo
  • Russian: темп (temp) , скорость (skórost')
  • Slovene: hitrost
  • Spanish: paso
cricket: a measure of pitch hardness
military: the regulated speed of ground forces
the gait of a horse
  • Finnish: passi
  • Russian: иноходь (ínoχod')
  • Spanish: trote (slow); galope (speedy)


  1. Describing a bowler who bowls fast balls.


  1. Walk to and fro in a small space.
  2. Set the speed in a race.
Walk to and fro
Set a race’s speed

Etymology 2

From pace, “in peace”, ablative form of pax, “peace”.

Pronunciation 2

  • 1 /ˈpɑːʧe/
  • 2 /ˈpɑːke/


  1. With all due respect to.
With due respect to

Etymology 3

Alteration of Pasch.

Pronunciation 3


  1. Easter.

Derived terms





Latin pax






Extensive Definition

Pace may refer to:


Places in the United States



See also

pace in German: Pace
pace in French: Pace
pace in Dutch: Pace
pace in Polish: Pace
pace in Volapük: Pace

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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