a temporary stop or rest, especially in speech or action: a short pause after each stroke of the oar.
a cessation of activity because of doubt or uncertainty; a momentary hesitation.
any comparatively brief stop, delay, wait, etc.: I would like to make a pause in my talk and continue after lunch.
a break or rest in speaking or reading to emphasize meaning, grammatical relation, metrical division, etc., or in writing or printing by the use of punctuation.
Prosody. a break or suspension, as a caesura, in a line of verse.
Music. a fermata.
verb (used without object), paused, pausing.
to make a brief stop or delay; wait; hesitate: He paused at the edge of the pool for a moment. I'll pause in my lecture so we can all get some coffee.
to dwell or linger (usually followed by on or upon ): to pause upon a particular point.
give pause, to cause to hesitate or be unsure, as from surprise or doubt: These frightening statistics give us pause.

1400–50; (noun) Middle English < Latin pausa < Greek paûsis a halt, equivalent to paú(ein) to stop + -sis -sis; (v.) derivative of the noun

pausal, adjective
pauseful, adjective
pausefully, adverb
pauseless, adjective
pauselessly, adverb
pauser, noun
pausingly, adverb
nonpause, noun
unpausing, adjective

pause, paws, pores, pours.

1–3. suspension, interruption, break, halt; hiatus, lacuna. 7. rest. 8. tarry, delay. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
pause (pɔːz)
1.  to cease an action temporarily; stop
2.  to hesitate; delay: she replied without pausing
3.  a temporary stop or rest, esp in speech or action; short break
4.  prosody another word for caesura
5.  music Also called: fermata, Usual symbol: a continuation of a note or rest beyond its normal length
6.  give pause to to cause to hesitate
[C15: from Latin pausa pause, from Greek pausis, from pauein to halt]
n, —adj

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1426, from M.Fr. pause (14c.), from L. pausa "a halt, stop, cessation," from Gk. pausis "stopping, ceasing," from pauein "to stop, to cause to cease." The verb is from 1526.
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Medical Dictionary

pause (pôz)
A temporary stop or cessation.

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