PAUSE

pause

(noun) temporary inactivity

pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension

(noun) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

pause, intermit, break

(verb) cease an action temporarily; “We pause for station identification”; “let’s break for lunch”

hesitate, pause

(verb) interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; “The speaker paused”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Verb

pause (third-person singular simple present pauses, present participle pausing, simple past and past participle paused)

(intransitive) To take a temporary rest, take a break for a short period after an effort.

(intransitive) To interrupt an activity and wait.

(intransitive) To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.

(transitive) To halt the play or playback of, temporarily, so that it can be resumed from the same point.

(intransitive, obsolete) To consider; to reflect.

Noun

pause (plural pauses)

A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.

Synonyms: hiatus, moratorium, recess, Thesaurus:pause

A short time for relaxing and doing something else.

Synonyms: break, holiday, recess, Thesaurus:vacation

Hesitation; suspense; doubt.

Synonyms: vacillation, wavering

In writing and printing, a mark indicating the place and nature of an arrest of voice in reading; a punctuation mark.

A break or paragraph in writing.

(music) A sign indicating continuance of a note or rest.

Alternative spelling of Pause

(as direct object) take pause: hesitate; give pause: cause to hesitate

Etymology

Noun

Pause (plural Pauses)

A button whose functions are pausing and resuming something, such as a DVD player, a video game or a computer.

Source: Wiktionary


Pause, n. Etym: [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; 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.)

Definition: A hold. See 4th Hold, 7.

Syn.

– Stop; cessation; suspension.

Pause, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Paused; p. pr. & vb. n. Pausing.] Etym: [Cf. F. pauser, L. pausare. See Pause, n., Pose.]

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; demur.

Pause, v. t.

Definition: To cause to stop or rest; -- used reflexively. [R.] Shak.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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