According to dictionary.com, that is. No definition herein says that it can be used to show a pause. It is only used to convey an omission of words or phrases in a statement. Is this correct? If so, then I've been using these damn things totally incorrectly for the past...oh, I don't know...forty years or so.
So what gives? Is dictionary.com wrong, or is this one of those things like the word "nother" that has just evolved and has never been officially added as a proper usage?
a. the omission from a sentence or other construction of one or more words that would complete or clarify the construction, as the omission of who are, while I am, or while we are from I like to interview people sitting down.
b. the omission of one or more items from a construction in order to avoid repeating the identical or equivalent items that are in a preceding or following construction, as the omission of been to Paris from the second clause of I've been to Paris, but they haven't.
2. Printing. a mark or marks as "", …, or * * *, to indicate an omission or suppression of letters or words.