[ shuht-doun ]
/ ˈʃʌtˌdaʊn /
a shutting down, as of a factory, school, or machine; a termination or suspension of operations, services, or business activity: a partial government shutdown;an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor.
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Origin of shutdown
1855–60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase shut down
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British Dictionary definitions for shutdown
/ (ˈʃʌtˌdaʊn) /
- the closing of a factory, shop, etc
- (as modifier)shutdown costs
verb shut down (adverb)
to cease or cause to cease operation
(tr) to close by lowering
(tr) (of fog) to descend and envelop
(intr; foll by on or upon) informal to put a stop to; clamp down on
(tr) to reduce the power level of (a nuclear reactor) to the lowest possible value
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Idioms and Phrases with shutdown
See close down, def. 1.
Stop or switch off machinery, as in They shut down all the machines for one week a year. [Late 1800s]
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