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pacer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pacer a horse trained to a special gait in which both feet on one side leave the ground together
    • n pacer a horse used to set the pace in racing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • pacer A horse trained to a special gait in which both feet on one side leave the ground together; a horse that paces.
    • pacer A horse used to set the pace in racing.
    • n pacer One who, or that which, paces.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pacer One who paces, or measures by pacing.
    • n pacer A horse whose natural gait is a pace.
    • n pacer Hence, a fast horse; by extension, anything that exhibits remarkable speed or activity.
    • n pacer Same as pace-maker, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pacer one who paces: a horse whose usual gait is a pace
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pas—L. passus, a step—pandĕre, passum, to stretch.

Usage

In literature:

Pacer had something wrong with his mouth, and Mr. Wood turned back his lips and examined it carefully.
"Beautiful Joe" by Marshall Saunders
The Pacer, for it was he, kept his family together and disappeared among the southern sand-hills.
"Wild Animals I Have Known" by Ernest Thompson Seton
The horse that he was driving at the races was a pacer named Rolla, while my horse, also a pacer, was named Rollo.
"Army Letters from an Officer's Wife, 1871-1888" by Frances M.A. Roe
The old pacer followed, rocking and rolling in his lazy way.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
The hearse driver used to drive the old pacer on the track, and he knew what he wanted.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
You're what I call a natural liar, just as a horse is a pacer, a dog a setter.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Excellent "pacers" both were; and, before the night came down, we had made more than half of our journey.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
But on the fast new liners this pacer was replaced by a gong.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
His pride in the new pacer, which he had hoped to show off to Barbara, was all fallen flat.
"Barbara Ladd" by Charles G. D. Roberts
I heard that "Johnny the Pacer" was seen at Warrambong the other day.
"The Crooked Stick" by Rolf Boldrewood
They were beautiful creatures, fine pacers, and cost ten dollars in "specie" each.
"All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Anyway, 2:20 isn't so very fast for a pacer.
"Seeing Things at Night" by Heywood Broun
A characteristic American breed, the Narragansett Pacers, was reared in Rhode Island.
"Stage-coach and Tavern Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Fast, true and strong the little black pacer came through the last quarter mile of the speedway.
"Loaded Dice" by Ellery H. Clark
Look out for the pacer.
"Ralph, the Train Dispatcher" by Allen Chapman
What do you suppose he asked me, when I was looking at a Blue-Grass pacer last year?
"Horace Chase" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Is a pacing-horse less valuable for being a natural pacer?
"Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself, Volume II (of 2)" by Benjamin Franklin
A rough racker or pacer will prove almost as wearisome as the jog-trotter.
"The American Horsewoman" by Elizabeth Karr
The officers protested, and implored my husband to change back and give me the pacer.
"Tenting on the Plains" by Elizabeth B. Custer
But what had happened to "Pacer's" neck?
"From sketch-book and diary" by Elizabeth Butler
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In news:

Thunder down Pacers for eighth straight win.
Wade scores 41, Heat eliminate Pacers 105-93.
Pacers Sports & Entertainment will get another $10 million from the city under a one-year contract extension approved Monday afternoon by the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County.
The existing deal pays the Pacers $33.5 million over three years.
David West had 31 points and 11 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers edge the Sacramento Kings 97-92 on Friday night.
Tyler Hansbrough's season-high 22 points lead Pacers.
Nuggets stun Lakers in L.A. Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger celebrates after eliminating the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their first-round NBA playoff series Tuesday night.
Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) and the team are needing to finish stronger.
The Indiana Pacers have managed to stay in most games this season because of how they've been starting.
The Pacers closed with a total of 301 on Tuesday to finish at 10-over 586 at Firestone Country Club.
Magic PF Glen "Big Baby" Davis is expected to get the start again Sunday night against the Indiana Pacers if Ryan Anderson misses his second consecutive game.
Pacers send Wizards to franchise -worst 0-9.
Jim O'Brien, who succeeded Rick Carlisle as coach of the Indiana Pacers in 2007, has emerged as the clear frontrunner to join Carlisle's staff in Dallas as the replacement for lead assistant Terry Stotts, according to NBA coaching sources.
Counting the loss to the Pacers, the Cavaliers have now lost the second of back-to-back games six straight times.
The Colts and the Pacers are jump-starting the Red Cross assistance effort for southside explosion victims.
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