AskDefine | Define paces

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English

Noun

paces
  1. Plural of pace

Verb

paces
  1. third-person singular of pace

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Spanish

Noun

paces
  1. plural of paz

Extensive Definition

A pace (or double-pace) is a measure of distance used in Ancient Rome. It is the measure of a full stride from the position of the heel when it is raised from the ground to the point the same heel is set down again at the end of the step. Thus, a distance can be "paced off" by counting each time the same heel touches ground, or in other words, every other step. In Rome this unit was standardized as five Roman feet (about 1.48 metres or 58.1 English inches).
The Byzantine pace or vema (βήμα ['vima]) was 2½ feet (pous).

References

paces in Catalan: Passus
paces in Chuvash: Пасс
paces in Japanese: パッスス
paces in Polish: Passus
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