from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To cease or suspend an action temporarily.
- intransitive v. To linger; tarry: paused for a while under the huge oak tree.
- intransitive v. To hesitate: He paused before replying.
- transitive v. To cease or suspend the action of temporarily; stop for an interim: "Once a movie [ordered on demand] begins, it can be paused but not rewound or fast-forwarded” ( George Judson).
- n. A temporary cessation.
- n. A delay or suspended reaction, as from uncertainty; a hesitation: After a pause the audience broke into cheers.
- n. A break, stop, or rest, often for a calculated purpose or effect: After a dramatic pause, the lawyer finished her summation.
- n. Music A sign indicating that a note or rest is to be held.
- n. A break or rest in a line of poetry; a caesura.
- n. Reason for hesitation: The immensity of the task gives one pause.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To interrupt current work and do something else for a moment.
- n. A short time for relaxing and doing something else.
- n. Alternative spelling of Pause (“a button that pauses or resumes something”).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.
- n. Temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence; doubt.
- n. In speaking or reading aloud, a brief arrest or suspension of voice, to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts.
- n. In writing and printing, a mark indicating the place and nature of an arrest of voice in reading; a punctuation point.
- n. A break or paragraph in writing.
- n. A hold. See 4th Hold, 7.
- intransitive v. To make a short stop; to cease for a time; to intermit speaking or acting; to stop; to wait; to rest.
- intransitive v. To be intermitted; to cease.
- intransitive v. To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.
- intransitive v. To stop in order to consider; hence, to consider; to reflect.
- transitive v. To cause to stop or rest; -- used reflexively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A temporary stop or rest; a cessation or intermission of action or motion, as of speaking, singing, or playing.
- n. A cessation proceeding from doubt or uncertainty; hesitation; suspense.
- n. A break or rest in writing or speaking.
- n. In musical notation: A rest, or sign for silence. See rest.
- n. A fermata or hold, or indicating that a note is to be prolonged at the pleasure of the performer.
- n. Stopping-place; conclusion; ultimate point.
- n. In prosody, an interval in a succession of metrical times, corresponding to a time or times in the rhythm, but not represented by any syllable or syllables in the text.
- n. Synonyms Intermission, Rest, etc. See stop.
- To make a temporary stop or intermission; cease to speak or act for a time.
- To wait; tarry; forbear for a time.
- To stop for consideration or reflection; deliberate: sometimes with upon before the object of consideration or deliberation.
- To hesitate; hold back; be shy or reluctant.
- Reflexively, to repose one's self; hence, to stop; cease from action.
- To dwell; linger: with upon.
- Synonyms and To stay, delay, tarry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
- n. temporary inactivity
- v. cease an action temporarily
- v. interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing
From Middle English, pause, from Old French, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pauein, to stop.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French pause, from Latin pausa, from Ancient Greek παῦσις (Wiktionary)