Pause Pause, n. [F., fr. L. pausa. See {Pose}.] 1. A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation. [1913 Webster]

2. Temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence; doubt. [1913 Webster]

I stand in pause where I shall first begin. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. In speaking or reading aloud, a brief arrest or suspension of voice, to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. A break or paragraph in writing. [1913 Webster]

He writes with warmth, which usually neglects method, and those partitions and pauses which men educated in schools observe. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mus.) A hold. See 4th {Hold}, 7. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Stop; cessation; suspension. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.