[ 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
"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 .