downtime

[ doun-tahym ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌtaɪm /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. downstroke,
  2. downswing,
  3. downtake,
  4. downthrow,
  5. downtick,
  6. downtown,
  7. downtrend,
  8. downtrodden,
  9. downturn,
  10. downvote

Origin of downtime

First recorded in 1925–30; down1 + time

Also called dead time.

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British Dictionary definitions for downtime

downtime

/ (ˈdaʊnˌtaɪm) /

noun

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

downtime

n.

1952, from down (adv.) + time (n.).

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