the fact of something happening, changing, et cetera quickly:
He gave up his job in advertising because he couldn’t stand the pace; The novel lacks pace (= it develops too slowly).
— see also PACY
Idiom(s) section. go through your paces | show your paces to perform a particular activity in order to show other people what you are capable of doing keep pace (with somebody/something) to move, increase, change, et cetera at the same speed as somebody/something: She found it hard to keep pace with him as he strode off; Until now, wage increases have always kept pace with inflation. off the pace (in sport) behind the leader or the leading group in a race or a competition: Tiger Woods is still three shots off the pace (= in GOLF). put somebody/something through their/its paces to give somebody/something a number of tasks to perform in order to see what they are capable of doing set the pace 1 to do something at a particular speed or to a particular standard so that other people are then forced to copy it if they want to be successful: The company is no longer setting the pace in the home computer market. 2 (in a race) to run faster than the other people taking part, at a speed that they then try to copy — more at FORCE verb, SNAIL