from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Used to conclude a verse in the Psalms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. A word occurring between verses or paragraphs in parts of the Hebrew Bible, often in the Psalms, perhaps indicating a pause for contemplation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A word of doubtful meaning, occuring frequently in the Psalms; by some, supposed to signify silence or a pause in the musical performance of the song.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A transliterated Hebrew word, occurring in the Psalms frequently, and in Habakkuk iii.: probably a direction in the musical rendering of the passage. It is explained by most authorities as meaning ‘Pause,’ but occurs also at the end of psalms.
- n. A Jewish silver com, equal to 2 shekels.
Membership was eventually made compulsory and all boys had to report to a neighborhood office to have his racial background checked and be registered for membership. at the end of many of its Psalms, in Hebrew the word selah means think on this awhile.
The word "selah" usually shows up when there is a break between two phrases, so some scholars tend to think that it was a note to people singing the psalms to pause for a moment before moving on.
However, I did post an abbreviated "selah" sort of entry on names in TILL WE HAVE FACES, with two links for your enjoyment--a pause from the series with a subject to consider.
The others once and again during this prayer uttered in unison a single word or exclamationa kind of selah or amen.
What vivid memory of past misery in the awful portrait of his impenitent self, already referred to -- on which the mind dwells in silence, while the musical accompaniment (as directed by the "selah") touches some plaintive minor or grating discord!
There were at least 53 million of them last November. selah
In some of the Psalms that we recite in synagogue, there is a Hebrew word whose exact meaning is unknown: selah.
Excuse me while I climb off my soapbox, and go on living my life! selah says:
Thus, he is oriented to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the universe. selah
These points, he thinks, were among the Hebrews indicated by the word _selah_.