Definitions for: Pause

[n] temporary inactivity
[n] a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
[v] cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"
[v] interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; "The speaker paused"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pause, n. [F., fr. L. pausa. See Pose.]
1. A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action;
interruption; suspension; cessation.

2. Temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence;

I stand in pause where I shall first begin. --Shak.

3. In speaking or reading aloud, a brief arrest or suspension
of voice, to indicate the limits and relations of
sentences and their parts.

4. In writing and printing, a mark indicating the place and
nature of an arrest of voice in reading; a punctuation
point; as, teach the pupil to mind the pauses.

5. A break or paragraph in writing.

He writes with warmth, which usually neglects
method, and those partitions and pauses which men
educated in schools observe. --Locke.

6. (Mus.) A hold. See 4th Hold, 7.

Syn: Stop; cessation; suspension.

Pause, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Paused; p. pr. & vb. n.
Pausing.] [Cf. F. pauser, L. pausare. See Pause, n.,
1. To make a short stop; to cease for a time; to intermit
speaking or acting; to stop; to wait; to rest. ``Tarry,
pause a day or two.'' --Shak.

Pausing while, thus to herself she mused. --Milton.

2. To be intermitted; to cease; as, the music pauses.

3. To hesitate; to hold back; to delay. [R.]

Why doth the Jew pause? Take thy forfeiture. --Shak.

4. To stop in order to consider; hence, to consider; to
reflect. [R.] ``Take time to pause.'' --Shak.

To pause upon, to deliberate concerning. --Shak.

Syn: To intermit; stop; stay; wait; delay; tarry; hesitate;

Pause, v. t.
To cause to stop or rest; -- used reflexively. [R.] --Shak.

Synonyms: break, break, hesitate, intermission, intermit, interruption, suspension

See Also: blackout, break, break up, breathe, caesura, catch one's breath, cut off, delay, delay, disrupt, falter, faltering, freeze, halftime, halt, hem and haw, hesitation, hold, inactivity, intermission, interrupt, interval, lapse, letup, lull, postponement, recess, relief, respite, respite, rest, rest, rest period, scruple, take a breather, take five, take ten, time interval, time lag, time out, time-out, wait, waver

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