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pause in Music topic

pausepause2 ●●● W2 noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 PAUSEa short time during which someone stops speaking or doing something before starting again πŸ”Š There was a pause while Alice changed the tape. πŸ”Š After a long pause, she went on.pause in πŸ”Š an awkward pause in the conversation2 (also pause button) a control which allows you to stop a CD player, DVD player etc for a short time and start it again3 APMa mark ( ) over a musical note, showing that the note is to be played or sung longer than usual4 β†’ give somebody pause (for thought)COLLOCATIONSadjectivesa long pauseThere was a long pause before anyone spoke.a brief/short/slight pause"Well, that was a surprise, " he said after a brief pause.a momentary pause (=very short)There was a momentary pause during which Mr Hammond glanced at his wife.an awkward pauseAfter an awkward pause, Ray began to answer my question.a dramatic pause (=one that has a dramatic effect)In the dramatic pause before she replied, you could feel the tension in the room.a pregnant pause (=one that is full of meaning or emotion)β€˜OK. Let’s move on, ’ said the president after a pregnant pause.
Examples from the Corpus
pauseβ€’ There was a pause in the conversation as everyone turned to say hello to Paul.β€’ We worked for four hours without a pause.β€’ After a brief pause, Sharon said, "You're right."β€’ Balvinder Singh dropped me outside during a brief pause in the rain.β€’ So if pauses are necessary, it is legitimate to ask what a speaker is doing during these periods of silence.β€’ After a long pause, Barney said: "Yes, I suppose you're right."β€’ There was a long pause, then, before it observed that some-thing was falling down toward it from the orbiting ship.β€’ There was no pause among them, no need to conjure either the memory or the boat itself.β€’ I said after a short pause.β€’ Even seemingly innocuous turnstile-exits with interlocking horizontal bars give my sister pause, however.β€’ The best he could do to simulate this pause for reflection, was to use repetition at certain points.long pauseβ€’ After a long pause he looked up and saw the stones held tightly in their hands.β€’ Then there was a long pause during which Sophie drank her coffee and avoided looking at her companion.β€’ There was a long pause on the other end, and for a moment Quinn thought the caller had hung up.β€’ There was a long pause, then, before it observed that some-thing was falling down toward it from the orbiting ship.β€’ They heard him in the bathroom, running the water, then breaking a tumbler between long pauses.β€’ The presence of the light was sufficient to reduce the number of long pauses by 35 percent.β€’ In 1897, after an uncommonly long pause of more than four years, an eleventh son was born.β€’ After an unnaturally long pause Constance became aware of this.