pace noun

1 one step

VERB + PACE take Take two paces forward. | step back Step back three paces.

PREP. ~ behind Two bodyguards remained a couple of paces behind the president throughout the walkabout. | ~ from I stopped a few paces from the edge of the cliff.

2 speed

ADJ. blistering, breakneck, breathtaking, brisk, cracking, fast, frantic, frenetic, frenzied, furious, good, great, hectic, lightning, lively, rapid | gentle, leisurely, relaxed, slow, unhurried, walking the slow pace of economic reform | even, measured, moderate, steady

VERB + PACE gather, increase, quicken The project had a slow start, but is now gathering pace. Thinking that she was being followed, she quickened her pace. | slacken, slow down | dictate, set Brown set the pace in the first mile. | keep (up), maintain The younger children struggled to keep pace with the older ones. She kept up a pace of ten miles an hour. | stand You shouldn't have such a job if you can't stand the pace.

PACE + VERB increase | slow

PREP. at a … ~ They set off at a cracking pace. | ~ of The pace of change means that equipment has to be constantly replaced. The pace of life is much slower on the islands.

PHRASES at sb's own pace The students work at their own pace. | at a snail's pace I set off at a snail's pace to conserve my energy for later in the race. | a change of pace I try to get away at weekends for a change of pace. | a turn of pace He's a skilful player with a good turn of pace.