Definition of Pause

1. Noun. A time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something.




2. Verb. Interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing. "They pause a long time"; "The speaker paused"
Exact synonyms: Hesitate
Specialized synonyms: Hem And Haw, Scruple
Generic synonyms: Delay
Derivative terms: Hesitater, Hesitation

3. Noun. Temporary inactivity.
Generic synonyms: Inactivity
Specialized synonyms: Break, Recess, Respite, Time Out, Falter, Faltering, Hesitation, Waver, Intermission, Freeze, Halt

4. Verb. Cease an action temporarily. "Let's break for lunch"
Exact synonyms: Break, Intermit
Generic synonyms: Break Up, Cut Off, Disrupt, Interrupt
Specialized synonyms: Breathe, Catch One's Breath, Rest, Take A Breather, Take Five, Take Ten
Derivative terms: Break, Intermission

Definition of Pause

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

2. v. i. To make a short stop; to cease for a time; to intermit speaking or acting; to stop; to wait; to rest.

3. v. t. To cause to stop or rest; -- used reflexively.

Definition of Pause

1. Noun. A button whose functions are pausing and resuming something. ¹

2. Verb. (ambitransitive) To interrupt current work and do something else for a moment. ¹

3. Noun. A short time for relaxing and doing something else. ¹

4. Noun. (alternative spelling of Pause a button that pauses or resumes something) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pause

1. to stop temporarily [v PAUSED, PAUSING, PAUSES]

Medical Definition of Pause

1. 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. A hold. See 4th Hold. Synonym: Stop, cessation, suspension. Origin: F, fr. L. Pausa. See Pose. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pause

pauperising
pauperism
pauperisms
pauperization
pauperizations
pauperize
pauperized
pauperizes
pauperizing
paupers
paupiette
paupiettes
pauropoda
pausable
pausal
pause (current term)
paused
pauseful
pauseless
pauselessly
pauser
pausers
pauses
pausing
pausingly
pausings
pautovite
pauxi
pauxis
pav

Literary usage of Pause

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1. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"lThe two men embrace here; a pause. They have practically to see their business through to the end, and there is still Antony to deal with. ..."

2. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1909)
"who gain after the pause very frequently gain more than the normal. This abnormal gain after the pause is another aspect of the abnormal gain from 15' rest ..."

3. Natural Drills in Expression, with Selections: A Series of Exercises by Arthur Edward Phillips (1909)
"pause has relation to both thought and feeling. If we listen attentively to ... pause as concerned with thought manifests the relationship of words. ..."

4. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"lThe two men embrace here; a pause. They have practically to see their business through to the end, and there is still Antony to deal with. ..."

5. An American Text-book of Physiology by William Henry Howell (1900)
"The extra length of this pause restored the normal frequency or rhythm. It was called the compensatory pause (see Fig. 28).3 The systole following the extra ..."

6. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1912)
"Slight pause; music of "Nocturne" can be repeated here about thirty-six bars. The lovers hardly realize even now their situation: that they are awake. ..."

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