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The word stop has several possible meanings in the English language, but most commonly means to cease moving.

Additionally, stop, STOP, or stops may refer to:

  • Safe Tables Our Priority, a non-profit organization in the United States that works to make food safe from contamination
  • Secure Trusted Operating Program, an operating system used by the XTS-400
  • STOP AIDS project, a non-profit organization established in 1985 that works to prevent HIV transmission among all gay and bisexual men in San Francisco
  • Stops (Dynamic Range), the amount of contrast between black and white in video, film, and still photography
  • A stop consonant in linguistics (also known as a plosive or occlusive)
  • Stop squark, the supersymmetric partner of the top quark, in particle physics
  • Stop codon in genetic code
  • Full stop, a punctuation mark known in the U.S. as a "period" and shortened to stop in telegraph messages
  • The point on an animal's head at which the muzzle meets the forehead
  • Blue Screen of Death, an error in Microsoft Windows or Windows-based operating systems
  • Stop, a brand name climbing device made by Petzl
  • S.T.O.P. for Surgical Termination of Pregnancy is essentially synonymous with Dilation and evacuation, Dilation and curettage or a Surgical Abortion procedure.
  • Sequential Thematic Organization of Publications (STOP)
  • Simultaneous time on top, military jargon for when where all disparate assets arrive on target simultaneously despite having different characteristics.
  • In Photography:
    • Aperture, a structure that limits the diameter of a light path in an optical system
    • F-stops, a unit of measure of aperture
    • Exposure (photography), a relative measure of exposure
    • Stop bath, an acidic chemical that halts film development
  • In film:
    • Stop (film), a 1970 film directed by Bill Gunn
    • Stop (film), a 1972 film directed by Jean Beaudin
    • Stop! (film), a 2004 Indian film starring Dia Mirza


  • Organ stop, one or more ranks of pipes used together to make a particular sound on a pipe organ; also the control used to select them
  • Double stop, stopping multiple strings on a stringed instrument

See also

  • Bus stop, trolleybus stop and tram stop, places where the bus or tram stops for people to get on and off
  • Door stop, a wedge to stop a door from closing when you want it open
  • Stop sign, a traffic sign informing drivers to make a temporary stop
  • Terry stop, in U.S. law, a stop-and-frisk law enforcement procedure less intrusive than an arrest, so probable cause is not required
  • Truck stop, an eating establishment on a major trucking route with a large carpark for truck drivers to stop and refresh themselves, and often with other amenities available
  • Stop light, a group of lights: red, amber or green
  • Stop, a font designed by Aldo Novarese
  • STOPP, Society of Teachers Opposed to Physical Punishment


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Most common English words: dress « degree « spoken « #918: stop » moral » mighty » Hart


From Middle English stoppen, stoppien from Old English stoppian "to stop up, close" from Proto-Germanic *stuppojanan (to stop up, close). Akin to Old Saxon stuppōn "to stop up", Middle Low German stoppen "to stuff, cram" (Low Saxon stoppen "to stuff, cram"), Middle Dutch stoppen "to stuff, cram" (Dutch stoppen "to stop"), Old High German stoffōn, stoppōn "to stop up" (German stopfen "to be filling", stoppen "to stop"), Icelandic stoppa "to stop", Swedish stoppa "to stop", Danish stoppe "to stop", Old High German stophōn "to pierce" (Middle High German stupfen, stüpfen "to pierce"). More at stuff, stump.



stop (not comparable)


not comparable

none (absolute)

  1. Prone to halting or hesitation.
    He’s stop still.




stop (plural stops)

  1. A (usually marked) place where line buses or trams halt to let passengers get on and off.
    They agreed to see each other at the bus stop.
  2. An action of stopping; interruption of travel.
    That stop was not planned.
  3. A device intended to block the path of a moving object; as, a door stop.
  4. (linguistics) A consonant sound in which the passage of air through the mouth is temporarily blocked by the lips, tongue, or glottis.
  5. A symbol used for purposes of punctuation and representing a pause or separating clauses, particularly a full stop, comma, colon or semicolon.
  6. Short for a stopper, used in the phrase 'pull out all the stops'.
  7. (music) A knob or pin used to regulate the flow of air in an organ.
    The organ is loudest when all the stops are pulled.
  8. (tennis) A very short shot which touches the ground close behind the net and is intended to bounce as little as possible.
  9. (zoology) The depression in a dog’s face between the skull and the nasal bones.
    The stop in a bulldog's face is very marked.
  10. (photography) An f-stop.



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Highway stop sign.


to stop

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to stop (third-person singular simple present stops, present participle stopping, simple past and past participle stopped)

  1. (intransitive) To cease moving.
    I stopped at the traffic lights.
  2. (intransitive) To come to an end.
    The riots stopped when police moved in.
    Soon the rain will stop.
  3. (transitive) To cause (something) to cease moving or progressing.
    The sight of the armed men stopped him in his tracks.
  4. (transitive) To cause (something) to come to an end.
    The referees stopped the fight.
  5. (transitive) To close or block an opening.
    He stopped the wound with gauze.
  6. (transitive, intransitive, photography, often with "up" or "down") To adjust the aperture of a camera lens.
    To achieve maximum depth of field, he stopped down to an f-stop of 22.
  7. (intransitive) To stay a while.
    He stopped for two weeks at the inn.
  8. (intransitive) To tarry.
    He stopped at his friend's house before continuing with his drive.

Usage notes



Derived terms


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stop m. (plural stoppen, diminutive stopje)

  1. An electric fuse.
  2. An action of stopping.
  3. A plug for a kitchen sink, a stopper.



  1. First person singular present tense and imperative of stoppen..



stop m (usually uncountable)

  1. stop sign
  2. hitchhiking

Related terms







  1. stop!, halt!


stop m. inv.

  1. stop (roadsign; bus stop etc; block)


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Etymology 1


stop m. (plural stopy)

  1. (chemistry) an alloy; a mixture of metals.
    Mosiądz jest stopem miedzi i cynku.
    Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.
  • aliaż (m.)

Etymology 2

From English stop.



  1. stop!, halt!


stop m.

  1. a stop sign.
    Jechał dalej, bo nie zauważył stopu.
    He continued to drive because he hadn't noticed the stop sign.
  2. (informal) a vehicle's brake light.
    Uderzyłam w niego, bo nie zaświecił mu się stop i nie wiedziałam, że ostro hamuje.
    I hit his car because his brake light didn't flash and I didn't know he was braking hard.
  3. (informal) hitchhiking.
    Często podróżuję na stopa.
    I often hitchhike.



Inflection for stop Singular Plural
neuter Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Base form stop stopet stop stopen
Possessive form stops stopets stops stopens

stop n.

  1. Beer mug.


  • sejdel

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