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     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}]
Source: WordNet® 2.0

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