noun. with regard to language, a rest or delay in speech. Short pauses are utilized to mark the crossing between linguistic units, like syllables, terms, and sentences, whereas longer pauses might be utilized for purposeful impact or might imply psychological activity in the speaker.

PAUSE: "A good public speaker will know when to insert a pause in a phrase or statement."
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