from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An interruption in the course of a journey for stopping or visiting at a certain place.
  • n. A place visited briefly in the course of a journey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short interruption in a journey or the place visited during such an interruption.
  • n. Alternative spelling of stop-over.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Permitting one to stop over. See To stop over, under stop, v. i.
  • n. the act or privilege of stopping over; stopping at a station or airport beyond the time of the departure of the train or airplane on which one came, with the purpose of continuing one's journey on a subsequent train or airplane; the temporary interruption of one's journey.
  • n. a brief visit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See to stop off or over, under stop, intransitive verb

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stopping place on a journey
  • n. a brief stay in the course of a journey
  • v. interrupt a trip
  • v. interrupt a journey temporarily, e.g., overnight


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  • New Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman didn't snip his career-long Detroit ties for a short-term stopover, and new Lightning coach Guy Boucher -- who worked with BriseBois with the Bulldogs last season -- isn't going to step into his first NHL coaching job with anything but unbridled commitment.


  • Mostly it's known as a stopover point on shipping routes.

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  • Crammed aboard a banana freighter that charged $1,000 per refugee for the journey from Seville to New York, Brombert recalls a stopover in Bermuda, where "the British police, in their impeccably neat shorts, had contempt written all over their faces" as they inspected the bedraggled 1,200 passengers who had endured the ghastly voyage.

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  • Tonight, President Bush is still hours away from the next stopover, which is going to be in Bogota, Colombia.

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  • A stopover is a planned stop en route that lasts more than four hours.

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  • The Methodist school's campus had 700 students and six buildings on the southern banks of the Boise River, right next to the town's airfield, which was best known as a stopover on the nation's first commercial airmail run a few years earlier.

  • İstanbul, Ersöz also talked about the city's Çamlıca-Ümraniye area, which known as a stopover point for many of the world's migrating birds.

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  • Due to our delayed takeoff the stopover was a short one, but it was long enough to pose for a cheesy photo and to track down a tacky souvenir fridge magnet for my mother.

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  • The main benefit remaining in award issued international trips is that you are still entitled to a free stopover, meaning you can fly to London and stop in New York on the way over or on the way back for the same mileage cost.

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  • The area was a kind of stopover point for many second - and third-generation Asian immigrants looking to live downtown a few years before moving to a big house in new suburbs in East Honolulu.

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