[ sloh-doun ]
/ ˈsloʊˌdaʊn /


a slowing down or delay in progress, action, etc.
a deliberate slowing of pace by workers to win demands from their employers.
Sports. a holding or passing tactic by a team to retain possession of the ball, puck, etc., or use up a maximal amount of time, as to safeguard a lead or thwart a high-scoring opponent.


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Origin of slowdown

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase slow down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for slowdown

/ (ˈsləʊˌdaʊn) /


the usual US and Canadian word for go-slow
any slackening of pace
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