suspension point (…)
Definition - What ellipsis is called when it is used to suggest a pause, not an omission.

Example -
He entered the room, paused … and then left.

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation is from 1949:
"*Suspension dots or ‘French dots’ (points de suspension) occur in groups, usually of three, usually spaced but sometimes closed up. They mark preceding material as unfinished, or left dangling an instant for attention …."
(G. Summey Amer. Punctuation viii. 109)



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