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Definition of stop noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    act of stopping
  1. 1an act of stopping or stopping something; the state of being stopped The trip included an overnight stop in St. Louis. She brought the car to a stop. Work has temporarily come to a stop while the funding is reviewed. It is time to put a stop to the violence. Babies do not grow at a steady rate but in stops and starts. see also nonstop, whistle-stop
  2. of bus/train
  3. 2a place where a bus or train stops regularly for passengers to get on or off I get off at the next stop. Is this your stop? Palo Alto will be the next station stop. see also bus stop, pit stop
  4. music
  5. 3a row of pipes on an organ that produce the different sounds
  6. 4a handle on an organ that the player pushes in or pulls out to control the sound produced by the pipes
  7. phonetics
  8. 5a speech sound made by stopping the flow of air coming out of the mouth and then suddenly releasing it, for example/p, k, t/ synonym plosive, glottal stop
  9. money
  10. 6[usually singular] (also stop payment) an order telling your bank not to pay a check you have written Iput a stop on the check because it was lost in the mail.
  11. Idioms
    come to a full stop
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    to stop completely The car began to shudder and eventually came to a full stop in front of the church.
    pull out all the stops (informal)
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    to make the greatest effort possible to achieve something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: stop