- a slowing down or delay in progress, action, etc.
- a deliberate slowing of pace by workers to win demands from their employers.
- Sports. a holding or passing tactic by a team to retain possession of the ball, puck, etc., or use up a maximal amount of time, as to safeguard a lead or thwart a high-scoring opponent.
Origin of slowdown
First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase slow down
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1. slackening, falloff, decline, flagging.
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Examples from the Web for slowdown
CDC Director Thomas Frieden is also seen in the ad deploring the slowdown in funds.How to Politicize Ebola: Blame It on Obama—or the GOP
October 14, 2014
What “subtracted ... 2.6 percent from growth” was reduced government spending, along with a slowdown in filling inventories.Obama Realigns, the GOP Declines: The New Political Paradigm
February 1, 2013
Last summer, the finance minister put new mortgage rules into place in an attempt to engineer a slowdown.Is Canada Having a Housing Bubble? And is It Popping?
January 15, 2013
Rather, he described the end of the year slowdown as “a temporary pause.”Why Wall Street Is Projecting Slower Growth
December 6, 2012
The hidden story embedded in the Chinese economic “slowdown” is that investment-led growth is plunging.Vancouver Real-Estate Market Unlikely Victim of China Slowdown
November 12, 2012
- the usual US and Canadian word for go-slow
- any slackening of pace
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Word Origin and History for slowdown
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