AskDefine | Define pause

Dictionary Definition

pause

Noun

1 a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something [syn: intermission, break, interruption, suspension]
2 temporary inactivity

Verb

1 interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; "The speaker paused" [syn: hesitate]
2 cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch" [syn: intermit, break]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From pause, from pausa; compare with παῦσις

Pronunciation

Homophones

Verb

  1. To interrupt current work and do something else for a moment.

Translations

to interrupt something

Noun

  1. A short time for relaxing and doing something else.
  2. A button found on players of electronic and digital media (such as a VCR or DVD player) that suspends play.

Translations

short time for relaxing

French

Pronunciation

Homophones

Etymology

From pausa.

Noun

fr-noun f

Italian

Noun

pause
  1. Plural of pausa

Extensive Definition

Pause may refer to a rest, hesitation, or temporary stop.
Pause may also refer to:
pause in French: Pause
pause in German: Pause
pause in Dutch: Pauze (rust)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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