• A tiger pauses to look around
    A tiger pauses to look around
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pause cease an action temporarily "We pause for station identification","let's break for lunch"
    • v pause interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing "The speaker paused"
    • n pause temporary inactivity
    • n pause a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1929, the Coca-Cola slogan was "The Pause That Refreshes."
    • Pause 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."
    • Pause (Mus) A hold. See 4th Hold, 7.
    • Pause A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.
    • Pause In speaking or reading aloud, a brief arrest or suspension of voice, to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts.
    • Pause 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 .
    • Pause Temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence; doubt. "I stand in pause where I shall first begin."
    • Pause To be intermitted; to cease; as, the music pauses .
    • v. t Pause To cause to stop or rest; -- used reflexively.
    • Pause To hesitate; to hold back; to delay. "Why doth the Jew pause ? Take thy forfeiture."
    • Pause 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.""Pausing a while, thus to herself she mused."
    • Pause To stop in order to consider; hence, to consider; to reflect. "Take time to pause ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you need to dial the telephone and your dial is disabled, you can tap the button in the cradle. If, for example, you need to dial 911, you can tap the button 9 times, then pause, then tap once, then again.
    • n pause A temporary stop or rest; a cessation or intermission of action or motion, as of speaking, singing, or playing.
    • n pause A cessation proceeding from doubt or uncertainty; hesitation; suspense.
    • n pause A break or rest in writing or speaking.
    • n pause In musical notation: A rest, or sign for silence. See rest.
    • n pause A fermata or hold, or indicating that a note is to be prolonged at the pleasure of the performer.
    • n pause Stopping-place; conclusion; ultimate point.
    • n pause 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. In ancient prosody a pause was called an empty time, and was measured, like a time, as a monosemic, disemic, trisemic, etc, pause. A monosemic pause was called a limma, a disemic pause a prosthesis. Pauses occur especially at the end of some rhythmical section, but are not admissible in thy interior of a word.
    • n pause Synonyms Intermission, Rest, etc. See stop.
    • pause To make a temporary stop or intermission; cease to speak or act for a time.
    • pause To wait; tarry; forbear for a time.
    • pause To stop for consideration or reflection; deliberate: sometimes with upon before the object of consideration or deliberation.
    • pause To hesitate; hold back; be shy or reluctant.
    • pause Reflexively, to repose one's self; hence, to stop; cease from action.
    • pause To dwell; linger: with upon.
    • pause Synonyms and To stay, delay, tarry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you pause Saturday Night Fever at the "How Deep Is Your Love" rehearsal scene, you will see the camera crew reflected in the dance hall mirror.
    • n Pause pawz a ceasing: a temporary stop: cessation caused by doubt: suspense: a mark for suspending the voice:
    • v.i Pause to make a pause
    • n Pause pawz (mus.) a mark showing continuance of a note or rest
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  • Sydney Smith
    “Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join in.”
  • Clarence Day
    Clarence Day
    “Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.”
  • Lewis Carroll
    “There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”
  • Guillaume Apollinaire
    Guillaume Apollinaire
    “Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”
  • Doug King
    Doug King
    “Learn to pause... or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. pauser, L. pausare,. See Pause (n.) Pose
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. pausa—Gr. pausis, from pauein, to cause to cease.


In literature:

He paused for a moment outside, and stood gazing in the direction which he knew Garstaing had taken.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
The two advanced a few paces into the room and paused.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
But you are pausing, I see: naturally, you want to look at our wonder of the world, our Duomo, our Santa Maria del Fiore.
"Romola" by George Eliot
At the top, she paused and looked back.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
Then he looked at the stack of reports again, paused, and with an air of sudden decision dropped them into an open drawer.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Garth paused at the door; and cast a glance about the room.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
The smaller logs he passed over as quickly as possible; on the larger he paused appreciably.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
At three paces apart she paused, but he gave no sign.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Here Renwick paused a moment to clasp her in his arms.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
Wilhelmine paused, then, turning silently to one of the oaken pews, sat down.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay

In poetry:

And the Terek paused; behold now
In the gleaming foam flood drowned,
Silvered in the spraying billows
Dips a head with rushes crowned.
"The Gift Of The Terek" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
That pilgrim pressing to his goal
May pause not for the vision's sake,
Yet all fair things within his soul
The thought of it shall wake:
"My Thanks," by John Greenleaf Whittier
I heard the voice—like one who dreams
I went forth, having in my breast
A stirring quiet, like the streams
When pausing for a little rest.
"Summer Invocation" by Alexander Anderson
The first time he made his proposal,
She laughed, said; 'I'll never wed;
The second time there was a pause;
Then she smiled and shook her head.
"Victor" by W H Auden
The shadow of th' Almighty's cloud
Calm on this tents of Israel lay,
While drooping paused twelve banners proud,
Till He arise and lead this way.
"Confirmation" by John Keble
The minstrel paused; but hark! but hark!
Is it the wild wind sighing?
'Tis a voice of power from the old grey tower
To the minstrel's voice replying!
"The Captivity Of Coeur De Lion" by Menella Bute Smedley

In news:

Jane Roswick pauses during her shopping trip to a Little Rock Wal-Mart store at a Social Security Administration information table near the store's pharmacy Feb 20, 2008.
Here's a suggestion that may give you pause: Try a chilled tawny port.
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney pauses while speaking at a campaign rally in Denver, Colorado October 1, 2012 ahead of his first debate with President Barack Obama REUTERS/Brian Snyder.
A somber mood was prevalent in Berne City Council chambers on Monday evening as city officials paused to tearfully remember one of their own.
Europe Pauses and Grieves, But Takes Issue With U.S. Search All
Tom Albanese, chief executive officer of Rio Tinto Group, pauses ahead of the company's annual general meeting (AGM) at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in London, UK, on Thursday, April 19, 2012.
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the election night party at McCormick Place in Chicago on November 7.
Carter paused, and waited for me to reply.
America pauses on September 11. Who killed the recovery.
Add in TD-less Sunday, anemic numbers may give Carroll pause.
The Hyundai has the most turbo lag of this admittedly impressive group, and there's also a half-second pause before boost resumes after a hard acceleration upshift while the computer decides how to proceed.
As a general rule, I will make two to four twitches and then pause.
The president had stopped to pick up lunch and paused for photos with the children.
Pausing for a birthday moment are good friend Otis Carter, the birthday boy and his daughter and her husband, Marly and Jase Poag.
The story today from Reuters should give all Europe, especially the Eastern side, pause for reflection regarding Russia.

In science:

Before stating this result, we pause to introduce some terminology.
The Elliptic Law
To do this, we first pause to introduce a pleasant property of generalized arithmetic progressions.
The Elliptic Law
The simulation was then paused, and the gas within a radius of 3.1 pc of the centre of the minihalo (corresponding to roughly 3000 M(cid:12) of material) was resampled using SPH particles with much smaller masses, using the resampling technique described in Bromm & Loeb (2003).
The First Stars
Let us pause for a moment to remember, since this will be important for what follows, that by the definition of a model Γ and the formula for the reproducing kernel Kλ (z ) = Γ(z )∗Γ(λ), the operator Kλ (z ) : K → K is invertible whenever λ, z ∈ C+ or λ, z ∈ C− .
On a theorem of Livsic
Because there is some freedom of choice in the definition of an interaction potential in a relativistic field theory, we first pause to consider some of the definitions which have been considered.
Quantum Gravity in Everyday Life: General Relativity as an Effective Field Theory