pace prep sout n'en déplaise à.
A n
1 (step) pas m ; to take a pace backwards/forwards faire un pas en arrière/en avant ;
2 (measure) pas m ; the room measures 12 paces by 14 paces la pièce fait 12 pas sur 14 ; 12 paces away à 12 pas ;
3 (rate of movement) (of person walking, of life, change) rythme m, allure f ; at a fast/slow pace vite/lentement ; at walking pace au pas ; to quicken one's pace presser le pas ; at my own pace à mon propre rythme ; to keep up the pace lit, fig tenir le rythme ; to keep pace with sth lit, fig arriver à suivre qch ; I can't stand the pace lit, fig je n'arrive pas à suivre ; to step up/slow down the pace accélérer/ralentir le rythme ; to set the pace lit imposer le rythme ; fig donner le ton ;
4 (speed) vitesse f ; to have pace être rapide ; to gather pace [vehicle, ball] prendre de la vitesse ; [athlete] accélérer ; [process] prendre de l'ampleur ; his lack of pace let him down il a perdu à cause de son manque de rapidité ;
5 Mus, Theat rythme m.
B vtr arpenter [cage, room].
C vi (also pace up and down) (slowly) marcher à pas lents ; (impatiently) faire les cent pas ; to pace up and down sth arpenter qch.
D v refl to pace oneself (in a race) doser son effort ; (at work) se ménager.
to put sb through their paces mettre qn à l'épreuve.

Big English-French dictionary. 2003.

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