- a time during a regular working period when an employee is not actively productive.
- an interval during which a machine is not productive, as during repair, malfunction, maintenance.
Origin of downtime
Also called dead time.
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Examples from the Web for downtime
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After discussing the downtime with my husband and employer, I resolved to advocate for myself.
Uber is a boon to professional car-service drivers, who tend to have a lot of downtime between jobs.
And there are others that let people make use of downtime more efficiently.
Only the card reader has had any downtime of consequence, and modifications seem to have resolved its problems.On-Line Data-Acquisition Systems in Nuclear Physics, 1969
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- commerce time during which a machine or plant is not working because it is incapable of production, as when under repair: the term is sometimes used to include all nonproductive timeCompare idle time
- informal time spent not working; spare time
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Word Origin and History for downtime
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