An example of a pause is a three-second break in between the lines of a speech.
Pursuit without pause.
An example of pause is to stop a movie for a couple of minutes.
She paused in her piano exercises to listen for the baby.
He paused before replying.
When telling the scary story, he paused for effect.
We paused for a while under the huge oak tree.
Paused the printer to add more paper; paused the DVD with the remote.
Teach the pupil to mind the pauses.
- To make someone hesitant or uncertain.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of pause
- From Middle English pause from Old French from Latin pausa from Greek pausis from pauein to stop
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From pause.