Pause, v. t. To cause to stop or rest; -- used reflexively. [R.]
1. A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.
2. Temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence; doubt.
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.]
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.”
Pausing a 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.”
To pause upon, to deliberate concerning.
Syn: -- To intermit; stop; stay; wait; delay; tarry; hesitate; demur.
n 1: a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation
of something [syn: intermission, break, interruption,
2: temporary inactivity
v 1: interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; "The
speaker paused" [syn: hesitate]
2: cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station
identification"; "let's break for lunch" [syn: intermit,