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Meaning of stop

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

  stop
      n 1: the event of something ending; "it came to a stop at the
           bottom of the hill" [syn: {stop}, {halt}]
      2: the act of stopping something; "the third baseman made some
         remarkable stops"; "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a
         flood" [syn: {stop}, {stoppage}]
      3: a brief stay in the course of a journey; "they made a
         stopover to visit their friends" [syn: {stop}, {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}, {stop},
         {stoppage}]
      5: a spot where something halts or pauses; "his next stop is
         Atlanta"
      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}, {stop}, {occlusive},
         {plosive consonant}, {plosive speech sound}, {plosive}] [ant:
         {continuant}, {continuant consonant}]
      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}, {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}, {stop}]
      10: a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a
          book as a stop to hold the door open" [syn: {catch}, {stop}]
      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}, {stop},
          {stoppage}]
      v 1: come to a halt, stop moving; "the car stopped"; "She
           stopped in front of a store window" [syn: {stop}, {halt}]
           [ant: {get going}, {go}, {start}]
      2: put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your
         little brother" [syn: {discontinue}, {stop}, {cease}, {give
         up}, {quit}, {lay off}] [ant: {bear on}, {carry on},
         {continue}, {preserve}, {uphold}]
      3: stop from happening or developing; "Block his election";
         "Halt the process" [syn: {stop}, {halt}, {block}, {kibosh}]
      4: interrupt a trip; "we stopped at Aunt Mary's house"; "they
         stopped for three days in Florence" [syn: {stop}, {stop
         over}]
      5: cause to stop; "stop a car"; "stop the thief" [ant: {start},
         {start up}]
      6: prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the
         negotiations" [syn: {break}, {break off}, {discontinue},
         {stop}]
      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 South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel
         movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism" [syn: {check},
         {turn back}, {arrest}, {stop}, {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}, {stop}]
      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}, {stop}, {finish},
         {terminate}, {cease}] [ant: {begin}, {start}]
      10: render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade
          the streets"; "stop the busy road" [syn: {barricade},
          {block}, {blockade}, {stop}, {block off}, {block up}, {bar}]
      11: stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or
          developments; "Hold on a moment!" [syn: {hold on}, {stop}]


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