- 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.
- 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 of pauseMiddle 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
give someone pause
verbpaused paused, paus·ing, paus·es
- To cease or suspend an action temporarily: She paused in her piano exercises to listen for the baby.
- To hesitate: He paused before replying.
- To linger; tarry: We paused for a while under the huge oak tree.
- a. A break, stop, or rest, often for a calculated purpose or effect: After a dramatic pause, the lawyer finished her summation.b. A delay or suspended reaction, as from uncertainty; a hesitation: After a pause the audience broke into cheers.c. Delay or hesitation: spoke without pause for an hour.d. Reason for hesitation: The immensity of the task gives one pause.
- a. Music A sign, such as a fermata, indicating that a note or rest is to be held.b. A break or rest in a line of poetry; a caesura.
- A control mechanism on an audio or video player that halts the playing of a recording and permits playing to be easily resumed from the same point.
Origin of pauseFrom Middle English, pause, from Old French, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pauein, to stop.
(third-person singular simple present pauses, present participle pausing, simple past and past participle paused)
- A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.
- A short time for relaxing and doing something else.
- Hesitation; suspense; doubt.
- In writing and printing, a mark indicating the place and nature of an arrest of voice in reading; a punctuation mark.
- Teach the pupil to mind the pauses.
- A break or paragraph in writing.
- Alternative spelling of Pause (“a button that pauses or resumes something”).
- A button whose functions are pausing and resuming something.
- A button that, when pressed, causes electronic media (such as VHS or DVD) to be paused or resumed and still active (usually as a single frame without sound); compare with the Stop button, that usually pauses electronic media while also finishing the connection with them.
- A button (of a joystick, joypad or similar input device of video games) that, when pressed, causes the current video game to be paused or resumed.
- A key (of computer keyboards) that, when pressed during the execution of any of certain operating systems, halts or resumes the current flow of instructions.