Pronunciation: (pôz), [key]
—n., v., paused, paus•ing.
1. a temporary stop or rest, esp. in speech or action: a short pause after each stroke of the oar.
2. a cessation of activity because of doubt or uncertainty; a momentary hesitation.
3. any comparatively brief stop, delay, wait, etc.: I would like to make a pause in my talk and continue after lunch.
4. 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.
5. Pros.a break or suspension, as a caesura, in a line of verse.
6. Music.a fermata.
7. give pause, to cause to hesitate or be unsure, as from surprise or doubt: These frightening statistics give us pause.
1. 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.
2. to dwell or linger (usually fol. by on or upon): to pause upon a particular point.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.