Dictionary: STOP – STO'RI-ED

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STOP, v.i.

  1. To cease to go forward. Some strange commotion / Is in his brain; he bites his lip, and starts; / Stops on a sudden, looks upon the ground. – Shak.
  2. To cease from any motion or course of action. Whet you are accustomed to a course of vice, it is very difficult to stop. The best time to stop is at the beginning. – Lesley.

STOP, v.t. [D. stoppen; G. stopfen, to stop, to check, to pose, to fill, to cram, to stuff, to quilt, to darn, to mend; Dan. stopper, to stop, to puzzle, to darn, to cram, to stuff; Sw. stoppa, to stop, to stuff; stoppare, to stop with tow; stoppa, tow, L. stupa; Sp. estopa, low; estofa, quilted stuff; estofar, to quilt, to stew meat with wine, spice or vinegar; Port. estofa, stuff; estofar, to quilt, to stuff; Fr. etoupe, tow; etouper, to stop with tow; etouffer, to choke, to stifle, (see Stifle;) L. stupa, tow; stipo, to stuff, to crowd, and stupeo, to be stupefied, whence stupid, stupor, (that is, to stop, or a stop;) Ir. stopam, to stop, to shut. The primary sense is either to cease to move, or to stuff, to press, to thrust in, to cram; probably the latter.]

  1. To close; as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing; as, to stop a vent; to stop the ears; to stop wells of water. – 2 Kings iii.
  2. To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way, road or passage.
  3. To hinder; to impede; to arrest progress; as, to stop a passenger in the road; to stop the course of a stream.
  4. To restrain; to hinder; to suspend; as, to stop the execution of a decree.
  5. To repress; to suppress; to restrain; as, to stop the progress of vice.
  6. To hinder; to check; as, to stop the approaches of old age or infirmity.
  7. To hinder from action or practice. Whose disposition all the world well knows, / Will not be rubb'd nor stopp'd. – Shak.
  8. To put an end to any motion or action; to intercept; as, to stop the breath; to stop proceedings.
  9. To regulate the sounds of musical strings; as, to stop a string. – Bacon.
  10. In seamanship, to make fast.
  11. To point; as a written composition. [Not in use.]

STOP'-COCK, n. [stop and cock.]

A pipe for letting out a fluid, stopped by a turning cock. – Grew.

STOP'-GAP, n. [stop and gap.]

A temporary expedient. [Not used.]


Not to be stopped. [Not in use.] – Davenant.


The act of stopping or arresting progress or motion; or the state of being stopped; as, the stoppage; of the circulation of the blood; the stoppage of commerce.


Closed; obstructed; hindered from proceeding; impeded; intercepted.


  1. One who stops, closes, shuts or hinders; that which stops or obstructs; that which closes or fills a vent or hole in a vessel.
  2. In seamen's language, a short piece of rope used for making something fast, as the anchor or cables. Stoppers are also used to prevent the running rigging from coming up, whilst the men are belaying it.

STOP'PER, v.t.

To close with a stopper.


Closed with a stopper; a stoppered retort. – Henry.


Closing with a stopper.


Closing; shutting; obstructing; hindering from proceeding; ceasing to go or move; putting an end to; regulating the sounds of.

STOP'PLE, n. [Sw. stopp.]

That which stops or closes the mouth of a vessel; as, all glass stopple; a cork stopple.

STOR-AGE, n. [from store.]

  1. The act of depositing in a store or warehouse for safe keeping; or the safe keeping of goods in a warehouse.
  2. The price charged or paid for keeping goods in a store.

STO'RAX, n. [L. styrax.]

A plant or tree; also, a resinous and odoriferous drug brought from Turkey, but generally adulterated. It imparts to water a yellow color, and has been deemed a resolvent. – Cyc. Storax is a solid resinous substance, either in red tears, or in large cakes, brittle, but soft to the touch, and of a reddish brown color. It is obtained from the Styrax officinalis, a tree which grows in the Levant. Liquid storax, is a liquid or semifluid resinous substance, whose origin is unknown. It is greenish, of an aromatic taste, and agreeable smell. – Thomson.


Hoarded; laid up; as, store treasure. [Not in use.]

STORE, n. [W. ystor, that forms a bulk, a store; Sax. stor; Dan. stor; Sw. id. great, ample, spacious, main; Ir. stor, storas; Heb. Ch. Eth. and Ar. אצר atsar. Class Sr, No. 39.]

  1. A large number; as, a store of years. [Obs.] – Dryden.
  2. A large quantity; great plenty; abundance; as, a store of wheat or provisions. – Bacon.
  3. A stock provided; a large quantity for supply; ample abundance. The troops have great stores of provisions and ammunition. The ships have stores for a long voyage. [This is the present usual acceptation of the word, and in this sense the plural, stores, is commonly used. When applied to a single article of supply, it is still sometimes used in the singular; as, a good store of wine or of bread.]
  4. Quantity accumulated; fund; abundance; as, stores of knowledge.
  5. A storehouse; a magazine; a warehouse. Nothing can be more convenient than the stores on Central wharf in Boston.
  6. In the United States, shops for the sale of goods of any kind, by wholesale or retail, are often called stores. In store, in a state of accumulation, in a literal sense; hence in a state of store preparation for supply in a state of readiness. Happiness is laid up in store for the righteous; misery is in store for the wicked.

STORE, v.t.

  1. To furnish; to supply; to replenish. Wise Plato said the world with men was stor'd. – Denham Her mind with thousand virtues stored. – Prior.
  2. To stock against a future time; as, a garrison well stormed with provisions. One having stored a pond of four acres with carp, tench and other fish. – Hale.
  3. To reposit in a store or warehouse for preservation; warehouse; as, to store goods.

STOR-ED, pp.

  1. Furnished; supplied.
  2. Laid up in store; warehoused.

STORE'-HOUSE, n. [store and house.]

  1. A building for keeping grain or goods of any kind; re a magazine; a repository a warehouse. Joseph opened all the store-houses and sold to the Egyptians. – Gen. xli.
  2. A repository. The Scripture of God is a store-house abounding with inestimable treasures of wisdom and knowledge. – Hooker.
  3. A great mass reposited. [Not is use.] – Spenser.

STORE-KEEP-ER, n. [store and keeper.]

A man who has the care of a store.


One who lays up or forms a store.

STORGE, n. [Gr.]

Maternal affection; tender love; that strong instinctive affection which animals have for their young.

STO'RI-AL, a. [from story.]

Historical. [Not in use.]

STO'RI-ED, a. [from story.]

  1. Furnished with stories; adorned with historical paintings. Some greedy minion or imperious wife, / The trophied arches, storied halls, invade. – Pope.
  2. Related in story; told or recited in history.