- 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.
verb (used with or without object), clo·sured, clo·sur·ing.
Examples from the Web for closure
Moscow officials insist that the hospitals listed for closure lacked professional services and often stayed half empty.
The closure of transport was a perfect example of the far-reaching consequences of clashes in the disputed capital.
“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|Jacqui Goddard|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Writing the book has given Cumming “some sense of closure,” a statement of a “more holistic version of me.”
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|Anna Nemtsova|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The closure of the tubes is not the only result that may follow the course of this disease.Herself|E. B. Lowry
What is needed here is the closure of the fatal houses until made fit for human habitation.The Sanitary Evolution of London|Henry Lorenzo Jephson
The closure of the wound causes an increase in the number of epithelial rows over the defect.The Organism as a Whole|Jacques Loeb
The lower record exhibits the movement of the flower, up-curve representing the opening, and down-curve the closure of the flower.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
The method of its closure was exceedingly simple and evident.The Origin of Vertebrates|Walter Holbrook Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for closure
- the resolution of a significant event or relationship in a person's life
- a sense of contentment experienced after such a resolution
- 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
Word Origin for 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.