- The definition of a pause is a temporary stop or rest.
An example of a pause is a three-second break in between the lines of a speech.
- To pause is defined as to stop for a brief period of time.
An example of pause is to stop a movie for a couple of minutes.
pause definition by Webster's New World
- a short period of inaction; temporary stop, break, or rest, as in speaking or reading
- hesitation; interruption; delay: pursuit without pause
- a stop or break in speaking or reading, which clarifies meaning
- any mark of punctuation indicating this
- the holding of a tone or rest beyond its written value, at the discretion of the performer
- a sign indicating this, written above the note or rest
- Prosody a rhythm break or caesura
Origin: Middle English pawse ; from Middle French pause ; from Classical Latin pausa ; from Classical Greek pausis, a stopping ; from pauein, to bring to an end ; from Indo-European base an unverified form paus-, to let go from source Old Prussian pausto, wild
- pauser noun
pause definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb paused paused, paus·ing, paus·es verb, intransitive
- To cease or suspend an action temporarily.
- To linger; tarry: paused for a while under the huge oak tree.
- To hesitate: He paused before replying.
- A temporary cessation.
- A delay or suspended reaction, as from uncertainty; a hesitation: After a pause the audience broke into cheers.
- A break, stop, or rest, often for a calculated purpose or effect: After a dramatic pause, the lawyer finished her summation.
- a. Music A sign indicating that a note or rest is to be held.b. A break or rest in a line of poetry; a caesura.
- Reason for hesitation: The immensity of the task gives one pause.
Origin: From Middle English, pause, from Old French, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pauein, to stop.
pause - Medical Definition
pause - Phrases/Idioms
give someone pause