—n. 1. a rate of movement, esp. in stepping, walking, etc.: to walk at a brisk pace of five miles an hour. 2. a rate of activity, progress, growth, performance, etc.; tempo.
3. any of various standard linear measures, representing the space naturally measured by the movement of the feet in walking: roughly 30 to 40 in. (75 cm to 1 m). Cf. geometrical pace, military pace, Roman pace. 4. a single step: She took three paces in the direction of the door. 5. the distance covered in a step: Stand six paces inside the gates. 6. a manner of stepping; gait.
7. a gait of a horse or other animal in which the feet on the same side are lifted and put down together.
8. any of the gaits of a horse.
9. a raised step or platform.
10. put through one's paces, to cause someone to demonstrate his or her ability or to show her or his skill: The French teacher put her pupils through their paces for the visitors. 11. set the pace, to act as an example for others to equal or rival; be the most progressive or successful: an agency that sets the pace in advertising.
—v.t. 1. to set the pace for, as in racing.
2. to traverse or go over with steps: He paced the floor nervously. 3. to measure by paces.
4. to train to a certain pace; exercise in pacing: to pace a horse. 5. (of a horse) to run (a distance) at a pace: Hanover II paced a mile.
—v.i. 1. to take slow, regular steps.
2. to walk up and down nervously, as to expend nervous energy.
3. (of a horse) to go at a pace.
Pronunciation: (pā'sē, pä'chā; Lat. pä'ke),[key] —prep. with all due respect to; with the permission of: I do not, pace my rival, hold with the ideas of the reactionists.