Definitions of pause

  1. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  2. cease an action temporarily; " We pause for station identification"; " let's break for lunch"
  3. temporary inactivity
  4. Temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence; doubt.
  5. In speaking or reading aloud, a brief arrest or suspension of voice, to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts.
  6. 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.
  7. A break or paragraph in writing.
  8. A hold. See 4th Hold, 7.
  9. To make a short stop; to cease for a time; to intermit speaking or acting; to stop; to wait; to rest.
  10. To be intermitted; to cease; as, the music pauses.
  11. To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.
  12. To stop in order to consider; hence, to consider; to reflect.
  13. To cause to stop or rest; - used reflexively.
  14. A temporary stop or rest; a brief ceasing of action; interruption; hesitation; a break in speaking; a break in writing indicated by a punctuation mark; a mark in music over or under a note or rest to show that it is to be prolonged.
  15. To make a short stop; wait; hesitate.
  16. A ceasing: a temporary stop: cessation caused by doubt: suspense: a mark for suspending the voice: ( music) a mark showing continuance of a note or rest.
  17. To make a pause.
  18. A stop; cessation; suspense.
  19. To stop; wait.
  20. To stop; hold back; delay; linger.
  21. A cessation or intermission of action.
  22. A holding back; hesitation.
  23. A cessation or intermission in speaking or action; suspense; a break in writing; mark of cessation or intermission of the voice; a rest, thus indicated.
  24. To make a short stop or pause.
  25. A cessation, intermission, or rest in something, as in labour, reading, speaking, & c.; a cessation proceeding from doubt, suspense, or fear; a stop or rest; a musical sign which indicates that silence is to be prolonged.
  26. To stop; to halt; to cease for a time either to speak or act; to deliberate.

Usage examples for pause

  1. " Edgar, I will tell you what I think must be done," said Jane, after a pause. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  2. After a pause, she asked: " I suppose Olga told you that I know- everything?" – The Splendid Folly by Margaret Pedler
  3. And as he did, he saw something that made him pause. – Treachery in Outer Space by Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  4. " Oh, all right," said Lionel after a pause, " I'll go in for it- if I can." – The Dark Tower by Phyllis Bottome
  5. " I am sorry for it," he said slowly, and after a long pause. – The Red Cockade by Stanley J. Weyman
  6. I said, after a pause. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  7. Langham asked, after a pause. – Soldiers of Fortune by Richard Harding Davis
  8. " Miss Rexhill," Dorothy went on, after a short pause. – Hidden Gold by Wilder Anthony
  9. And, after a pause: " You don't feel any longer that it's good?" – Angela's Business by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  10. Well, no, I don't know-" Long pause, the two men thinking hard. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  11. O, I don't know, said Charley; and then there was a pause. – By Birth a Lady by George Manville Fenn
  12. Mr. Dare added, after a pause. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  13. There was a little pause, and then Browne held out his hand. – The Red Rat's Daughter by Guy Boothby
  14. The girl did not pause in her work as she answered it. – Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber
  15. " I can think of nothing else," was the reply, after a moment's pause. – The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  16. There was a pause of nearly a minute. – King--of the Khyber Rifles by Talbot Mundy
  17. But here I must pause. – Hudson Bay by R.M. Ballantyne
  18. After another pause Mrs. Ollnee answered: " She will do so. – Victor Ollnee's Discipline by Hamlin Garland
  19. " And now the story, please," said Ida, after a pause. – Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances by Juliana Horatia Ewing