[ verb ] interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing




"The speaker paused"

Used in print

(Howard Fast, April Morning....)

a voice called , and what made it even more terrible and unreal was that the redcoat ranks never paused for an instant , only some of them glancing toward the stone_wall , from behind which the voice came .

(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)

Pausing in the doorway he said : `` The form of the human female , unlike her mind and her spirit , is the most challenging loveliness in all nature '' .

[ noun ] a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

Used in print

(Mr. America, 4:6...)

The last exercise of Roland_Claude 's prescribed program for Henri is a single exercise , done in individual sets with a_bit longer pause between sets .

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

There is a pause in the merriment as your friends gaze at you , wondering why you are staring , open-mouthed in amazement .

(Christopher Davis, First Family....)

After a pause , during which he studied Scotty 's face as if Scotty were not there and could not study him too , Mr._McKinley would ask the same questions he had asked downstairs .

(David Stacton, The Judges of the Secret Court....)

There was always a pause here , before the next line .

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

There was a short pause for reflection .

[ verb ] cease an action temporarily


break intermit


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

Used in print

(The Providence Journal...)

The sets are remarkably elaborate for a road-show that does n't pause long in any one place , and they are devised so_that they shift with a minimum of interruption or obtrusiveness .

(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)

Continuing glibly in this vein , he paused to comfort her :

(Bruce Palmer, "My Brother's Keeper", Many Are...)

Watson paused for breath .

[ noun ] temporary inactivity