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[pey-ser] /ˈpeɪ sər/
a person or thing that paces.
a standard-bred horse that is used for pacing in harness racing.
a pacemaker.
Origin of pacer
1650-60; pace1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At his approach, the shrill neigh of the pacer bugled his troop into a flying squad.

    Wild Animals I Have Known Ernest Thompson Seton
  • But on the fast new liners this pacer was replaced by a gong.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Jo knew this country well, all the water-holes and canon crossings as well as the ways of the pacer.

    Wild Animals I Have Known Ernest Thompson Seton
  • He poured something from a bottle into a saucer and went back to pacer with it.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • The Japanese had caught the real movement of the animal, which is that of a pacer—both legs on the same side at a time.

  • So he let the reins hang a little loose, and kept his eye on pacer.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • The pacer took alarm at half a mile, and led his band away out of sight on the soapweed mesa to the southeast.

    Wild Animals I Have Known Ernest Thompson Seton
  • He could not be mistaken in that horse, however; it was the pacer.

    The Companions of Jehu Alexandre Dumas, pre
  • Three horses, any road—that's Johnny the pacer has joined 'em; though I don't expect he means fighting.

    The Crooked Stick Rolf Boldrewood
  • But no one who once saw the pacer going had failed to catch the craze.

    Wild Animals I Have Known Ernest Thompson Seton
British Dictionary definitions for pacer


a horse trained to move at a special gait, esp for racing
another word for pacemaker (sense 1)
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