Notebook, 1993-



Tempo, Fluency, Manner . . . . Spread . . . . Often slow or measured, set, regulated, steady, moderate . . . . Tread, Gate . . . . Established rate [of delivery, movement, locomotion, progress, growth, development, etc.] . . . .

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Pace n [ME pas, fr. OF, step, fr. L passus, fr. pandere to spread -more at Fathom] [14c] 1a: rate of movement; esp: an established rate of locomotion b: rate of progress; specif: parallel rate of growth or development [supplies kept __ with demand] c: an example to be emulated; specif: first place in a competition [three strokes off the __ -Time] d [1]: rate of performance or delivery: Tempo esp: Speed [serves with great __] [a __ bowler in cricket] [2]: rhythmic animation: Fluency [writes with color, with zest, and with __ -Amy Loveman] 2: a manner of walking: Tread 3a: Step 2a[1] b: any of various units of distance based on the length of a human step 4 a pl: an exhibition or test of skills or capacities [the trainer put the tiger through its __s] b: Gait, esp: a fast 2-beat gait [as of the horse] in which the legs move in lateral pairs and support the animal alternately on the right and left legs

2 Pace vb paced; pacing vi [1513] 1a: to walk with often slow or measured tread b: to move along: Proceed 2: to go at a pace -used esp. of a horse -vt 1a: to measure by pacing -often used with off [paced off a 10-yard penalty] b: to cover as a walk [could hear him pacing the floor] 2: to cover [a course] by pacing -used of a horse 3a: to set or regulate the pace of [taught them how to __ their solos for . . . impact -Richard Goldstein]; also: to establish a moderate or steady pace for [oneself] b [1]: to go before: Precede [2]: to set an example for: Lead c: to keep pace with

3 Pace prep [L, abi. of pac-, pax peace, permission -more at Pact] [1863]: contrary to the opinion of -usu. used as an expression of deference to someone's contrary opinion; usu. ital. [easiness is a virtue in grammar, __ old-fashioned grammarians -Philip Howard]

[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]



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