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  1. present participle of stop

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stopping (plural stoppings)

  1. The act of something that stops; a halt.
    constant startings and stoppings
  2. Material for filling a cavity.
    1925, Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., page 23:
    But there could be no doubt that greatness was seated within; greatness was passing, hidden, down Bond Street, removed only by a hand's-breadth from ordinary people who might now, for the first and last time, be within speaking distance of the majesty of England, of the enduring symbol of the state which will be known to curious antiquaries, sifting the ruins of time, when London is a grass-grown path and all those hurrying along the pavement this Wednesday morning are but bones with a few wedding rings mixed up in their dust and the gold stoppings of innumerable decayed teeth.
  3. (mining) A partition or door to direct or prevent a current of air.
  4. A pad or poultice of dung or other material applied to a horse's hoof to keep it moist.
    • 1831-1850, William Youatt, On the Structure and the Diseases of the Horse
      The drawing poultices and stoppings of farriers are often highly injurious, instead of abating inflammation .