- stop ► VERB (stopped, stopping) 1) come or bring to an end. 2) prevent from happening or from doing something. 3) cease or cause to cease moving or operating. 4) (of a bus or train) call at a designated place to pick up or set down passengers. 5) Brit. informal stay somewhere for a short time. 6) withhold or deduct. 7) (in full stop payment of or on) instruct a bank to withhold payment on (a cheque). 8) block or close up (a hole or leak). 9) obtain the required pitch from (the string of a musical instrument) by pressing at the appropriate point with the finger.► NOUN 1) an act of stopping. 2) a place designated for a bus or train to stop. 3) an object or part of a mechanism which prevents movement. 4) a set of organ pipes of a particular tone and range of pitch. 5) a knob or lever in an organ or harpsichord which activates a set of pipes or strings of a particular tone and range of pitch. 6) Photography the effective diameter of a lens.● pull out all the stops — Cf. ↑pull out all the stops● put a stop to — Cf. ↑put a stop to● stop dead (or short) — Cf. ↑stop short● stop off (or over) — Cf. ↑stop over● stop up — Cf. ↑stop upORIGIN Old English.
English terms dictionary. 2015.