1. the end or conclusion, as of a speech.
  2. something that closes; a fastening, as of a purse.
  3. the final phase of a transaction, especially the meeting at which procedures are carried out in the execution of a contract for the sale of real estate.
  4. an act or instance of failing or going bankrupt: an increase in bank closings.
  5. complimentary close.

Origin of closing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at close, -ing1
Related formshalf-clos·ing, adjectiveself-clos·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for self-closing



late 14c., "act of closing; that which closes," verbal noun from close (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-closing in Culture


Usually applied to real estate transactions, it refers to delivery of the deed of ownership from the owner to the buyer in return for full payment.

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