- 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.
Origin of 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
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.