Hmm. How do we jazz up this month’s output of Word of the Month poems? We have fallen woefully off the pace, if you get my meaning. When you go to the W.O.M. tabs to check progress, you’ll find a meager handful of contributions so far in March. I certainly applaud what we have. Quality is not the issue. It’s quantity.
Is pace a thought stopper? Who knew?
a rate of movement, especially in stepping, walking, etc.:
“to walk at a brisk pace of five miles an hour.”
a rate of activity, progress, growth, performance, etc.; tempo.
any of various standard linear measures, representing the space naturally measured by the movement of the feet in walking: roughly 30 to 40 inches (75 cm to 1 meter).
Compare geometrical pace, military pace, Roman pace.
a single step:
“She took three paces in the direction of the door.”
the distance covered in a step:
“Stand six paces inside the gates.”
a manner of stepping; gait.
a gait of a horse or other animal in which the feet on the same side are lifted and put down together.
verb (used with object), paced, pacing.
to set the pace for, as in racing.
to traverse or go over with steps:
“He paced the floor nervously.”
to measure by paces.
to train to a certain pace; exercise in pacing:
“to pace a horse.”
(of a horse) to run (a distance) at a pace:
“Hanover II paced a mile.”
verb (used without object), paced, pacing.
to take slow, regular steps.
to walk up and down nervously, as to expend nervous energy.
(of a horse) to go at a pace.
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.”
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.”