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  Dictionary Definition of pause

pause
noun
1. a temporary stop or rest, especially in speech or action.
2. a cessation proceeding from doubt or uncertainty.
3. delay; hesitation; suspense.
4. a break or rest in speaking or reading as depending on sense, grammatical relations, metrical divisions, etc., or in writing or printing as marked by punctuation.
5. Prosody ® caesura.
6. Music the fermata symbol placed under or over a note or rest to indicate that it is to be prolonged.
-- verb (i) ( paused, pausing )
7. to make a pause; stop; wait; hesitate.
-- phrase
8. give pause, to cause to hesitate.
[late ME, from L pausa, from Greek paūsis cessation]
-- pausal, adjective -- pauser, noun -- pausingly, adverb