pace lap
noun Date: 1971 a lap of an auto racecourse by the entire field of competitors before the start of a race to allow the engines to warm up and to permit a flying start

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pace lap — noun the first lap of a car race that prepares the cars for a fast start • Topics: ↑auto racing, ↑car racing • Hypernyms: ↑lap, ↑circle, ↑circuit * * * noun : a lap of an auto racecourse by the entire field of competitors before the start of a …   Useful english dictionary

  • pace lap — /pays/ a lap before the beginning of an auto race for warming up the engines and giving the field a moving start. [1970 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • pace lap — The warm up part of the race before the actual race begins …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • pace car — n. an official starter s car that leads the competing race cars around the track for one lap (pace lap) before moving off the track …   English World dictionary

  • pace car — pace′ car [[t]peɪs[/t]] n. spog a car that leads the competing cars through a pace lap and leaves the course before the race begins • Etymology: 1960–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • pace car — noun a high performance car that leads a parade of competing cars through the pace lap and then pulls off the course • Topics: ↑auto racing, ↑car racing • Hypernyms: ↑car, ↑auto, ↑automobile, ↑machine, ↑motorcar * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • pace car — A vehicle which leads the pack of racers during the first part of the race (usually one lap) so that the racers can warm up their engines, etc. The pace car never runs the actual race. They also lead during parade, pace lap, caution periods, and… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • lap — [1] One complete trip around a race track or route laid out for racing. [2] To fit two surfaces together by coating them with abrasive and then rubbing them together (e.g., to lap valves into valve seats). [3] The upper surface of the human body… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • pace car — noun Date: 1965 an automobile that leads the field of competitors through a pace lap but does not participate in the race …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pace car — /pays/ (in auto racing) an automobile that leads the competing cars through a pace lap or laps and leaves the course before the actual start of the race. [1960 65] * * * …   Universalium

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