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Halt vs. Stop: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
"Halt" often implies a sudden or immediate stop, especially in a formal or commanding context, while "stop" is a general term for ceasing movement or activity.
Halt vs. Stop

Key Differences

"Halt" typically conveys an abrupt or urgent stop, often used in military or formal situations, while "stop" is more general and can describe any cessation of movement or activity.
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The term "halt" is frequently associated with a command or authoritative demand to stop immediately, suggesting a more immediate and sometimes temporary stop. "Stop," on the other hand, is used in everyday language to indicate the act of stopping without necessarily implying urgency or command.
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"Halt" can also suggest a stop in progress or development, often used in contexts like business or projects to indicate a pause or suspension. "Stop" is more versatile, used in a wide range of scenarios from stopping a vehicle to ceasing an action.
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In literature and speech, "halt" is often chosen for its dramatic or forceful connotation, especially when a quick or decisive stop is required. "Stop" is more colloquial and is commonly used in casual conversation.
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"Halt" can have a temporary connotation, suggesting the possibility of resuming later, whereas "stop" is more neutral regarding the duration of the cessation.
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Comparison Chart

Connotation

Abrupt, urgent, authoritative
General cessation, more neutral
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Usage Context

Military, formal, commanding
Everyday, versatile, various contexts
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Implication

Often implies a temporary pause
Neutral regarding duration
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Common in

Official commands, dramatic scenarios
Casual conversation, wide range of scenarios
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Suggests

Immediate action, possible resumption
Simple cessation without urgency
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Halt and Stop Definitions

Halt

A suspension of movement or progress, especially a temporary one
The car rolled to a halt when it stalled.
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Stop

To cease movement or an action.
She had to stop the car abruptly to avoid an accident.
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Halt

To cause to stop
The government hopes to halt tax fraud.
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Stop

To come to a standstill.
The clock stopped at midnight.
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Halt

To stop; pause
The hikers halted for lunch and some rest.
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Stop

To close (an opening or hole) by covering, filling in, or plugging up
The tea leaves stopped the drain.
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Halt

To walk lamely or move in an irregular fashion.
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Stop

To constrict (an opening or orifice)
My nose is stopped up.
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Halt

To proceed or act with uncertainty or indecision; waver.
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Stop

To obstruct or block passage on (a road, for example).
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Halt

To be defective or proceed poorly, as in the development of an argument in logic or in the rhythmic structure of verse.
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Stop

To prevent the flow or passage of
Stop supplies from getting through.
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Halt

Lame; crippled.
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Stop

To halt the motion or progress of
Stopped me and asked directions.
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Halt

(intransitive) To limp; move with a limping gait.
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Stop

To block or deflect (a blow, for example); parry or ward off.
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Halt

(intransitive) To stand in doubt whether to proceed, or what to do; hesitate; be uncertain; linger; delay; mammer.
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Stop

To be or get in the way of (a bullet or other missile); be killed or wounded by.
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Halt

(intransitive) To be lame, faulty, or defective, as in connection with ideas, or in measure, or in versification.
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Stop

To cause to desist or to change a course of action
The rain stopped us from continuing the argument.
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Halt

To waver.
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Stop

To prevent or restrain
An invitation to dinner stopped him from going to the movies.
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Halt

To falter.
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Stop

To discontinue or cease
He stopped his complaining.
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Halt

(intransitive) To stop marching.
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Stop

To defeat (an opponent or opposing team).
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Halt

(intransitive) To stop either temporarily or permanently.
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Stop

To defeat in boxing by a knockout or technical knockout.
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Halt

(transitive) To bring to a stop.
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Stop

To order a bank to withhold payment of
Stopped the check.
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Halt

(transitive) To cause to discontinue.
The contract negotiations halted operations for at least a week.
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Stop

To press down (a string on a stringed instrument) on the fingerboard to produce a desired pitch.
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Halt

A cessation, either temporary or permanent.
The contract negotiations put a halt to operations.
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Stop

To close (a hole on a wind instrument) with the finger in sounding a desired pitch.
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Halt

(rail) A minor railway station (usually unstaffed) in the United Kingdom.
The halt itself never achieved much importance, even with workers coming to and from the adjacent works.
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Stop

To cease moving, progressing, acting, or operating; come to a halt
The clock stopped in the night.
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Halt

(dated) Lameness; a limp.
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Stop

To put an end to what one is doing; cease
Had to stop at an exciting place in the book.
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Halt

(archaic) Lame, limping.
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Stop

To interrupt one's course or journey for a brief visit or stay. Often used with by, in, or off
Stop by at a friend's house.
Stop in at the office.
Stop off at the gas station.
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Halt

A stop in marching or walking, or in any action; arrest of progress.
Without any halt they marched.
[Lovers] soon in passion's war contest,Yet in their march soon make a halt.
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Stop

The act of stopping or the condition of being stopped
Can't you put a stop to all this ruckus? Production is at a stop.
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Halt

The act of limping; lameness.
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Stop

A halt or stay, as on a trip
We made a stop in Austin.
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Halt

To hold one's self from proceeding; to hold up; to cease progress; to stop for a longer or shorter period; to come to a stop; to stand still.
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Stop

A place at which someone or something stops
A regular stop on my delivery route.
A bus stop.
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Halt

To stand in doubt whether to proceed, or what to do; to hesitate; to be uncertain.
How long halt ye between two opinions?
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Stop

A device or means that obstructs, blocks, or plugs up.
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Halt

To cause to cease marching; to stop; as, the general halted his troops for refreshment.
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Stop

An order given to a bank to withhold payment on a check.
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Halt

To walk lamely; to limp.
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Stop

A stop order.
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Halt

To have an irregular rhythm; to be defective.
The blank verse shall halt for it.
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Stop

A part in a mechanism that stops or regulates movement.
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Halt

Halting or stopping in walking; lame.
Bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
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Stop

The effective aperture of a lens, controlled by a diaphragm.
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Halt

The state of inactivity following an interruption;
The negotiations were in arrest
Held them in check
During the halt he got some lunch
The momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow
He spent the entire stop in his seat
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Stop

A mark of punctuation, especially a period.
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Halt

The event of something ending;
It came to a stop at the bottom of the hill
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Stop

The act of stopping a string or hole on an instrument.
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Halt

An interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement;
A halt in the arms race
A nuclear freeze
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Stop

A fret on a stringed instrument.
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Halt

Cause to stop;
Halt the engines
Arrest the progress
Halt the presses
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Stop

A hole on a wind instrument.
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Halt

Come to a halt, stop moving;
The car stopped
She stopped in front of a store window
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Stop

A device such as a key for closing the hole on a wind instrument.
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Halt

Stop from happening or developing;
Block his election
Halt the process
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Stop

A tuned set of pipes, as in an organ.
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Halt

Stop the flow of a liquid;
Staunch the blood flow
Them the tide
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Stop

A knob, key, or pull that regulates such a set of pipes.
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Halt

Disabled in the feet or legs;
A crippled soldier
A game leg
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Stop

(Nautical) A line used for securing something temporarily
A sail stop.
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Halt

To bring to an abrupt stop.
The parade came to a halt at the sound of the alarm.
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Stop

(Linguistics) One of a set of speech sounds that is a plosive or a nasal.
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Halt

To cease movement or progress suddenly.
The project was halted due to unforeseen circumstances.
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Stop

A plosive.
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Halt

To stop immediately in response to a command.
The soldiers halted at the commander's signal.
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Stop

The depression between the muzzle and top of the skull of an animal, especially a dog.
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Halt

To suspend or pause an activity.
Production was halted to address safety concerns.
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Stop

(Sports) A save made by a goalie.
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Halt

To bring to a temporary standstill.
Traffic was halted by the unexpected roadblock.
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Stop

(Games) A stopper.
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Stop

(Architecture) A projecting stone, often carved, at the end of a molding.
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Stop

A control mechanism on an audio or video player that causes a recording to stop playing.
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Stop

Of, relating to, or being of use at the end of an operation or activity
A stop code.
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Stop

(intransitive) To cease moving.
I stopped at the traffic lights.
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Stop

(intransitive) Not to continue.
The riots stopped when police moved in.
Soon the rain will stop.
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Stop

(transitive) To cause (something) to cease moving or progressing.
The sight of the armed men stopped him in his tracks.
This guy is a fraudster. I need to stop the cheque I wrote him.
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Stop

(transitive) To cease; to no longer continue (doing something).
One of the wrestlers suddenly stopped fighting.
Please stop telling me those terrible jokes.
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Stop

(transitive) To cause (something) to come to an end.
The referees stopped the fight.
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Stop

(transitive) To close or block an opening.
He stopped the wound with gauze.
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Stop

To adjust the aperture of a camera lens.
To achieve maximum depth of field, he stopped down to an f-stop of 22.
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Stop

(intransitive) To stay; to spend a short time; to reside or tarry temporarily.
To stop with a friend
He stopped for two weeks at the inn.
He stopped at his friend's house before continuing with his drive.
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Stop

(music) To regulate the sounds of (musical strings, etc.) by pressing them against the fingerboard with the finger, or otherwise shortening the vibrating part.
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Stop

(obsolete) To punctuate.
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Stop

(nautical) To make fast; to stopper.
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Stop

To pronounce (a phoneme) as a stop.
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Stop

To delay the purchase or sale of (a stock) while agreeing the price for later.
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Stop

A (usually marked) place where buses, trams or trains halt to let passengers get on and off, usually smaller than a station.
Related terms: halt, station.
They agreed to meet at the bus stop.
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Stop

An action of stopping; interruption of travel.
That stop was not planned.
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Stop

That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; an obstacle; an impediment.
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Stop

A device intended to block the path of a moving object
Door stop
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Stop

(engineering) A device, or piece, as a pin, block, pawl, etc., for arresting or limiting motion, or for determining the position to which another part shall be brought.
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Stop

(architecture) A member, plain or moulded, formed of a separate piece and fixed to a jamb, against which a door or window shuts.
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Stop

(linguistics) A consonant sound in which the passage of air through the mouth is temporarily blocked by the lips, tongue, or glottis.
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Stop

A symbol used for purposes of punctuation and representing a pause or separating clauses, particularly a full stop, comma, colon or semicolon.
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Stop

(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.
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Stop

(music) One of the vent-holes in a wind instrument, or the place on the wire of a stringed instrument, by the stopping or pressing of which certain notes are produced.
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Stop

(tennis) A very short shot which touches the ground close behind the net and is intended to bounce as little as possible.
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Stop

(football) A save; preventing the opposition from scoring a goal
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(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.
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Stop

(photography) A part of a photographic system that reduces the amount of light.
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Stop

(photography) A unit of exposure corresponding to a doubling of the brightness of an image.
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Stop

(photography) An f-stop.
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Stop

The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses.
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Stop

(fencing) A coup d'arret, or stop thrust.
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Stop

A small well-bucket; a milk-pail.
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Stop

(physics) The squark that is the superpartner of a top quark.
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Stop

To close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing; as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound.
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Stop

To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way, road, or passage.
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Stop

To arrest the progress of; to hinder; to impede; to shut in; as, to stop a traveler; to stop the course of a stream, or a flow of blood.
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Stop

To hinder from acting or moving; to prevent the effect or efficiency of; to cause to cease; to repress; to restrain; to suppress; to interrupt; to suspend; as, to stop the execution of a decree, the progress of vice, the approaches of old age or infirmity.
Whose disposition all the world well knowsWill not be rubbed nor stopped.
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Stop

To regulate the sounds of, as musical strings, by pressing them against the finger board with the finger, or by shortening in any way the vibrating part.
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Stop

To point, as a composition; to punctuate.
If his sentences were properly stopped.
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Stop

To make fast; to stopper.
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Stop

To cease to go on; to halt, or stand still; to come to a stop.
He bites his lip, and starts;Stops on a sudden, looks upon the ground;Then lays his finger on his temple: straitSprings out into fast gait; then stops again.
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Stop

To cease from any motion, or course of action.
Stop, while ye may, suspend your mad career!
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Stop

To spend a short time; to reside temporarily; to stay; to tarry; as, to stop with a friend.
By stopping at home till the money was gone.
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Stop

The act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; hindrance of progress or of action; cessation; repression; interruption; check; obstruction.
It is doubtful . . . whether it contributed anything to the stop of the infection.
Occult qualities put a stop to the improvement of natural philosophy.
It is a great step toward the mastery of our desires to give this stop to them.
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Stop

That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; as obstacle; an impediment; an obstruction.
A fatal stop traversed their headlong course.
So melancholy a prospect should inspire us with zeal to oppose some stop to the rising torrent.
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Stop

A device, or piece, as a pin, block, pawl, etc., for arresting or limiting motion, or for determining the position to which another part shall be brought.
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Stop

The closing of an aperture in the air passage, or pressure of the finger upon the string, of an instrument of music, so as to modify the tone; hence, any contrivance by which the sounds of a musical instrument are regulated.
The organ sound a time survives the stop.
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Stop

In the organ, one of the knobs or handles at each side of the organist, by which he can draw on or shut off any register or row of pipes; the register itself; as, the vox humana stop.
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Stop

A member, plain or molded, formed of a separate piece and fixed to a jamb, against which a door or window shuts. This takes the place, or answers the purpose, of a rebate. Also, a pin or block to prevent a drawer from sliding too far.
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Stop

A point or mark in writing or printing intended to distinguish the sentences, parts of a sentence, or clauses; a mark of punctuation. See Punctuation.
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Stop

The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses.
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Stop

The depression in the face of a dog between the skull and the nasal bones. It is conspicuous in the bulldog, pug, and some other breeds.
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Stop

Some part of the articulating organs, as the lips, or the tongue and palate, closed (a) so as to cut off the passage of breath or voice through the mouth and the nose (distinguished as a lip-stop, or a front-stop, etc., as in p, t, d, etc.), or (b) so as to obstruct, but not entirely cut off, the passage, as in l, n, etc.; also, any of the consonants so formed.
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Stop

The event of something ending;
It came to a stop at the bottom of the hill
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Stop

The act of stopping something;
The third baseman made some remarkable stops
His stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood
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Stop

A brief stay in the course of a journey;
They made a stopover to visit their friends
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Stop

The state of inactivity following an interruption;
The negotiations were in arrest
Held them in check
During the halt he got some lunch
The momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow
He spent the entire stop in his seat
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Stop

A spot where something halts or pauses;
His next stop is Atlanta
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Stop

A consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it;
His stop consonants are too aspirated
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Stop

A punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations;
In England they call a period a stop
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Stop

(music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes;
The organist pulled out all the stops
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Stop

A mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens;
The new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically
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Stop

A restraint that checks the motion of something;
He used a book as a stop to hold the door open
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Stop

An obstruction in a pipe or tube;
We had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe
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Stop

Come to a halt, stop moving;
The car stopped
She stopped in front of a store window
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Stop

Put an end to a state or an activity;
Quit teasing your little brother
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Stop

Stop from happening or developing;
Block his election
Halt the process
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Stop

Interrupt a trip;
We stopped at Aunt Mary's house
They stopped for three days in Florence
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Stop

Cause to stop;
Stop a car
Stop the thief
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Stop

Prevent completion;
Stop the project
Break off the negociations
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Stop

Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of;
Arrest the downward trend
Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia
Contain the rebel movement
Turn back the tide of communism
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Stop

Seize on its way;
The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace
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Stop

Have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical;
The bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed
Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other
My property ends by the bushes
The symphony ends in a pianissimo
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Stop

Render unsuitable for passage;
Block the way
Barricade the streets
Stop the busy road
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Stop

Stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments;
Hold on a moment!
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Stop

To bring an activity or process to an end.
He decided to stop working late nights.
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Stop

To prevent someone or something from continuing.
The rain didn't stop them from enjoying the hike.
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Stop

To pause or discontinue an action.
They stopped to admire the sunset.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is "stop" more common in everyday language?

Yes, "stop" is widely used in casual conversation.
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Can "stop" be used as a command?

Yes, but it's less authoritative than "halt."
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Is "halt" more formal than "stop"?

Yes, "halt" is often perceived as more formal or commanding.
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Are there situations where "halt" is preferable to "stop"?

Yes, in formal or urgent scenarios, "halt" is more appropriate.
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Does "stop" always mean to end permanently?

No, "stop" can be temporary or permanent, depending on context.
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Can "halt" be used metaphorically?

Yes, it's often used to describe a pause in progress or activity.
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Is "stop" appropriate in a military context?

It can be used, but "halt" is more common for commands.
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Can "halt" be used interchangeably with "stop"?

In many contexts, yes, but "halt" often carries a more urgent tone.
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Does "halt" imply a longer stop than "stop"?

Not necessarily; "halt" often suggests a temporary pause.
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Can "halt" be used in a non-urgent context?

It can, but it typically carries a sense of immediacy.
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Can "stop" refer to the cessation of non-physical actions?

Yes, it can refer to stopping both physical and non-physical actions.
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Is "halt" commonly used in everyday speech?

Less so than "stop," as it's more formal and specific.
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Can both words be used as nouns?

Yes, but as nouns, they often retain their respective connotations.
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Is "stop" less forceful than "halt"?

Generally, yes, "stop" is perceived as less forceful.
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Does "halt" imply a more immediate action than "stop"?

Generally, yes, "halt" suggests a more immediate cessation.
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Can "halt" imply a strategic pause?

Yes, especially in contexts like business or military.
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Is "stop" used in legal contexts?

Yes, it's commonly used in legal and regulatory language.
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Does "stop" cover a broader range of actions?

Yes, "stop" is more versatile and widely applicable.
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Can "halt" be used casually?

It can, but it might sound overly formal or dramatic.
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Can "halt" be used to indicate stopping others?

Yes, it often implies stopping others through command or intervention.
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