shutdown

[shuht-doun]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. shut up,
  2. shut-eye,
  3. shut-in,
  4. shut-off,
  5. shut-out bid,
  6. shute,
  7. shute, nevil,
  8. shuteye,
  9. shutoff,
  10. shutout

Origin of shutdown

1855–60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase shut down

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British Dictionary definitions for shutdown

shutdown

noun

  1. the closing of a factory, shop, etc
  2. (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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Word Origin and History for shutdown

shutdown

n.

also shut-down, 1884, of factories, etc.; 1911 of machines; from shut (v.) + down (adv.).

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