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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: pausa, from Greek pausis, from pauein 'to stop'


2 noun
pause2 [countable]
1 a short time during which someone stops speaking or doing something before starting again:
There was a pause while Alice changed the tape.
After a long pause, she went on.
pause in
an awkward pause in the conversation
2 also pause button a control which allows you to stop a CD player, video recorder etc for a short time and start it again
3APM a mark over a musical note, showing that the note is to be played or sung longer than usual

give somebody pause (for thought)

to make someone stop and consider carefully what they are doing:
an avoidable accident that should give us all pause for thought
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