|Origin:||pausa, from Greek pausis, from pauein 'to stop'|
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.
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
a mark over a musical note, showing that the note is to be played or sung longer than usual
to make someone stop and consider carefully what they are doing:
an avoidable accident that should give us all pause for thought