[ kloh-zher ]
/ ˈkloʊ ʒər /


verb (used with or without object), clo·sured, clo·sur·ing.

Parliamentary Procedure. to cloture.

Nearby words

  1. clostridium histolyticum,
  2. clostridium novyi,
  3. clostridium parabotulinum,
  4. clostridium perfringens,
  5. clostridium tetani,
  6. closure principle,
  7. clot,
  8. cloth,
  9. cloth cap,
  10. cloth of gold

Origin of closure

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin clausūra. See close, -ure

Related formsnon·clo·sure, nounpre·clo·sure, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pre-closure


/ (ˈkləʊʒə) /



(tr) (in a deliberative body) to end (debate) by closure

Word Origin for closure

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin clausūra bar, from Latin claudere to close

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Word Origin and History for pre-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.

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