In those games Ryan paced the sideline like a lion tamer without a chair.
Sleep was impossible, so his thoughts circled and paced, lingering on the memory of an encounter he wished to forget.
The narrative is paced and comfortable, peppered with bursts of predictability.
Unable to be still, he paced around the beach muttering something, his eyes wide and to the ground.
The Sud Express dining car served a seven-course lunch, paced gracefully to last most of the journey.
George remained in the street; he paced up and down, and took no rest—he was far too excited and nervous for that.
He rose and paced the floor of his library for a half-hour with measured tread.
I paced the rooms and cried aloud when I thought of how I was cut off from her, of all that might happen to her in my absence.
He paced the pilot-house at the extreme rear, puffing his cigar.
When told of his death, he paced the room with hurried steps, and was for some time silent.
late 13c., "a step in walking; rate of motion," from Old French pas "a step, pace, trace," and directly from Latin passus, passum "a step, pace, stride," noun use of past participle of pandere "to stretch (the leg), spread out," probably from PIE *pat-no-, from root *pete- "to spread" (cf. Greek petannynai "to spread out," petalon "a leaf," patane "plate, dish;" Old Norse faðmr "embrace, bosom," Old English fæðm "embrace, bosom, fathom," Old Saxon fathmos "the outstretched arms"). Also, "a measure of five feet" [Johnson]. Pace-setter in fashion is from 1895.
"with the leave of," 1863, from Latin pace, ablative of pax "peace," as in pace tua "with all deference to you;" from PIE *pak- "to fasten" (see pax). "Used chiefly as a courteous or ironical apology for a contradiction or difference of opinion" [OED].
1510s, "to walk at a steady rate," from pace (n.). Meaning "to measure by pacing" is from 1570s. That of "to set the pace for" (another) is from 1886. Related: Paced; pacing.