- the act of closing; the state of being closed.
- a bringing to an end; conclusion.
- something that closes or shuts.
- closer1(def 2).
- an architectural screen or parapet, especially one standing free between columns or piers.
- Phonetics. an occlusion of the vocal tract as an articulatory feature of a particular speech sound.Compare constriction(def 5).
- Parliamentary Procedure. a cloture.
- Surveying. completion of a closed traverse in such a way that the point of origin and the endpoint coincide within an acceptably small margin of error.Compare error of closure.
- the property of being closed with respect to a particular operation.
- the intersection of all closed sets that contain a given set.
- the tendency to see an entire figure even though the picture of it is incomplete, based primarily on the viewer's past experience.
- a sense of psychological certainty or completeness: a need for closure.
- Obsolete. something that encloses or shuts in; enclosure.
- Parliamentary Procedure. to cloture.
Origin of closure
Examples from the Web for closure
Moscow officials insist that the hospitals listed for closure lacked professional services and often stayed half empty.Putin’s Health Care Disaster
November 30, 2014
The closure of transport was a perfect example of the far-reaching consequences of clashes in the disputed capital.The Radicals Who Slaughtered a Synagogue
November 19, 2014
“Let us think of his family and his parents and hopefully today they have achieved some measure of closure,” Johnson added.Money, Murder, and Adoption: The Wild Trial of the Polo King
October 28, 2014
Writing the book has given Cumming “some sense of closure,” a statement of a “more holistic version of me.”Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father
October 14, 2014
Last April, the Memorial Anti-Discrimination Center in St. Petersburg announced its closure under pressure from huge fines.The Kremlin’s Plan to Erase Russia’s Memory and Its Conscience
October 13, 2014
So Nana repeated the phrase by way of closure to all their quarrels.
The Conservatives and obstruction, the Liberals and closure.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
He zipped open the closure of his helmet and tilted the helmet back.The Worshippers
Damon Francis Knight
There only remained to fit in a solid door, which would assure the closure of Will Tree.Godfrey Morgan
On the motion of any member, the closure may be applied and a vote ordered.The Governments of Europe
Frederic Austin Ogg
- the act of closing or the state of being closed
- an end or conclusion
- something that closes or shuts, such as a cap or seal for a container
- (in a deliberative body) a procedure by which debate may be halted and an immediate vote takenSee also cloture, guillotine, gag rule
- mainly US
- the resolution of a significant event or relationship in a person's life
- a sense of contentment experienced after such a resolution
- geology the vertical distance between the crest of an anticline and the lowest contour that surrounds it
- phonetics the obstruction of the breath stream at some point along the vocal tract, such as the complete occlusion preliminary to the articulation of a stop
- the closed sentence formed from a given open sentence by prefixing universal or existential quantifiers to bind all its free variables
- the process of forming such a closed sentence
- the smallest closed set containing a given set
- the operation of forming such a set
- psychol the tendency, first noted by Gestalt psychologists, to see an incomplete figure like a circle with a gap in it as more complete than it is
- (tr) (in a deliberative body) to end (debate) by closure
Word Origin and History for closure
late 14c., "a barrier, a fence," from Old French closure "enclosure; that which encloses, fastening, hedge, wall, fence," also closture "barrier, division; enclosure, hedge, fence, wall" (12c., Modern French clôture), from Late Latin clausura "lock, fortress, a closing" (source of Italian chiusura), from past participle stem of Latin claudere "to close" (see close (v.)). Sense of "act of closing, bringing to a close" is from early 15c. In legislation, especially "closing or stopping of debate." Sense of "tendency to create ordered and satisfying wholes" is 1924, from Gestalt psychology.