What does pause mean?

Definitions for pause

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspensionnoun

    a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

  2. pauseverb

    temporary inactivity

  3. hesitate, pauseverb

    interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing

    "The speaker paused"

  4. pause, intermit, breakverb

    cease an action temporarily

    "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"


  1. pausenoun

    A short time for relaxing and doing something else.

  2. pauseverb

    To interrupt current work and do something else for a moment.

  3. Pausenoun

    A button whose functions are pausing and resuming something.

  4. Etymology: From pause.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pausenoun

    Etymology: pause, Fr. pausa, low Latin; ϖάυω.

    Neither could we ever come to any pause, whereon to rest our assurance this way. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 4.

    Comes a fellow crying out for help,
    And Cassio following with determin’d sword,
    To execute upon him; this gentleman
    Steps in to Cassio, and intreats his pause. William Shakespeare.

    Some pause and respite only I require,
    Till with my tears I shall have quench’d my fire. John Denham.

    The punishment must always be rigorously exacted, and the blows by pauses laid on till they reach the mind, and you perceive the signs of a true sorrow. John Locke.

    Whilst those exalted to primeval light,
    Only perceive some little pause of joys
    In those great moments, when their god employs
    Their ministry. Matthew Prior.

    What pause from woe, what hopes of comfort bring
    The names of wise or great. Matthew Prior.

    Our discourse is not kept up in conversation, but falls into more pauses and intervals than in our neighbouring countries. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 133.

    Like a man to double business bound,
    I stand in pause where I shall first begin,
    And both neglect. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    He writes with warmth, which usually neglects method, and those partitions and pauses which men, educated in the schools, observe. John Locke.

  2. To PAUSEverb

    Tarry; pause a day or two,
    Before you hazard: for in chusing wrong
    I lose your company; therefore forbear a while. William Shakespeare.

    Give me leave to read philosophy.
    And, while I pause, serve in your harmony: William Shakespeare.

    Pausing a while, thus to herself she mus’d. John Milton.

    Bear Worcester to death, and Vernon too.
    Other offenders we will pause upon. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Solyman pausing a little upon the matter, the heat of his fury being over, suffered himself to be intreated. Richard Knolles.

    What awe did the slow solemn knell inspire,
    The pealing organ, and the pausing choir,
    And the last words, that dust to dust convey’d! Thomas Tickell.


  1. Pause

    Pause is a single by Jay Dee that was chosen to lead his 2001 album, Welcome 2 Detroit. Besides a grunt and an ad-lib, ("Bounce"), Jay Dee doesn't perform on the song himself, but instead features his friends Frank-N-Dank, who brace the horn-laced track with suitably over-the-top braggadocio. Much of Dank's opening first is later featured in scratches on Dilla's Ruff Draft EP song "Let's Take It Back". The appropriately titled "Featuring Phat Kat" sees his one time fellow 1st Down member Phat Kat on the mic, while Jay Dee provides a subdued, but gritty canvas for him to let loose. The song is also notable for featuring one of Jay Dee's DJ Premier-esque scratch montages.


  1. pause

    A pause is a temporary stop or rest in action, speech, or activity. It can also refer to a break or halt in a sequence or process, often to consider or reassess the situation at hand. This term can also be used in the context of music or drama to represent a moment of silence or reduced activity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pausenoun

    a temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation

  2. Pausenoun

    temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence; doubt

  3. Pausenoun

    in speaking or reading aloud, a brief arrest or suspension of voice, to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts

  4. Pausenoun

    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

  5. Pausenoun

    a break or paragraph in writing

  6. Pausenoun

    a hold. See 4th Hold, 7

  7. Pausenoun

    to make a short stop; to cease for a time; to intermit speaking or acting; to stop; to wait; to rest

  8. Pausenoun

    to be intermitted; to cease; as, the music pauses

  9. Pausenoun

    to hesitate; to hold back; to delay

  10. Pausenoun

    to stop in order to consider; hence, to consider; to reflect

  11. Pauseverb

    to cause to stop or rest; -- used reflexively


  1. Pause

    Pause is the second album by Four Tet. It was released on 28 May 2001 in the United Kingdom, and on 9 October 2001 in the United States. Pause was Four Tet's first release on Domino Records; his debut album, Dialogue, had been distributed by Output Recordings. A recording of an office setting, most prominently featuring the sounds of typing on a computer keyboard, forms a recurring motif in the album; it both opens and closes the album, and is also present in "Harmony One". Three tracks from Pause were later released in remixed form on Four Tet's Paws EP. The acoustic guitar track "Everything Is Alright" is used as the theme music for the National Public Radio programme On Point. The opening track "Glue of the World" is used in the background of the Six Feet Under episode "Someone Else's Eyes". This same track is used in the House M.D. episode 'Last Resort'. It is played over the top of various scenes from the hospital as the hostages are being released and/or detained. The fourth track entitled "Parks" contains a sample of "After the Snow, The Fragrance" and "Sanzen" both from the album Music for Zen Meditation by jazz clarinetist Tony Scott.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pause

    pawz, n. a ceasing: a temporary stop: cessation caused by doubt: suspense: a mark for suspending the voice: (mus.) a mark showing continuance of a note or rest.—v.i. to make a pause.—adjs. Paus′al; Pause′less.—adv. Pause′lessly.—n. Paus′er, one who pauses or deliberates.—adv. Paus′ingly, with pauses: by breaks: deliberately. [Fr.,—L. pausa—Gr. pausis, from pauein, to cause to cease.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PAUSE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pause is ranked #90113 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pause surname appeared 205 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Pause.

    97% or 199 total occurrences were White.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pause' in Nouns Frequency: #2013

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pause' in Verbs Frequency: #541

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pause in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pause in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of pause in a Sentence

  1. Philip Breedlove:

    I do believe that those remarks were put out... to send a message... It was put out there to intend to give us pause in our decision-making.

  2. White House:

    I mean, it’s really whether time is on the side of Russia, who is losing but has a lot of resources to deplete us in the West. That’s what gives me pause. I hope we have the staying power.

  3. Sarah Ekstrand:

    We are hopeful that lifting the pause of the JJ vaccinewill also contribute to more vaccines being administered in the state in the weeks to come, we want to vaccinate as many Iowans as possible while doing everything we can to avoid vaccines sitting on shelves. The remaining doses from our allocation will be held in Iowa's reserve for use as needed at a later date.

  4. Barbara Holt:

    This would give her an opportunity to pause and really take into consideration what decision she's making, we have a right that trumps free speech, and that's our unalienable right to life.

  5. Julianne Hough:

    With everything going on, obviously my heart is with the frontline workers and the healthcare providers, and giving them my absolute love and affection, and feeling the weight of what's happening. But at the same time, I'm feeling very blessed that I've had this time to stop and pause, being on tour for three months and traveling and starting a business, it's a lot. So to be able to be home, and stop and pause, and look inward, and connect back to Julianne Hough has been glorious.

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