- 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.
- 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.
Origin of pause
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Examples from the Web for unpausing
During this period her life was an unpausing whirl of dissipation.
With strong wings, and level, unpausing flight, the flock went on to its North without him.The Kindred of the Wild
Charles G. D. Roberts
Water and wood and field and air are but varying scenes of the unpausing tragedy.Sigurd Our Golden Collie and Other Comrades of the Road
Katharine Lee Bates
And this because they had the illusion of a rest to be gained at some later point of this unpausing life.The Children
- to cease an action temporarily; stop
- to hesitate; delayshe replied without pausing
- a temporary stop or rest, esp in speech or action; short break
- prosody another word for caesura
- Also called: fermata music a continuation of a note or rest beyond its normal lengthUsual symbol:
- give pause to to cause to hesitate
Word Origin and History for unpausing
early 15c., from Old French pausee "a pause, interruption" (14c.) and directly from Latin pausa "a halt, stop, cessation," from Greek pausis "stopping, ceasing," from pauein "to stop, to cause to cease," from PIE root *paus- "to leave, desert, cease, stop."
mid-15c., from pause (n.) and from Middle French pauser, from Late Latin pausare "to halt, cease, pause." Related: Paused; pausing.
- A temporary stop or cessation.
Idioms and Phrases with unpausing
see give pause.