standstill

[ stand-stil ]
/ ˈstændˌstɪl /

noun

a state of cessation of movement or action; halt; stop: The ball rolled to a standstill.

Nearby words

  1. standpatter,
  2. standpatters,
  3. standpattism,
  4. standpipe,
  5. standpoint,
  6. standstill agreement,
  7. stane,
  8. stanford,
  9. stanford, leland,
  10. stanford-binet

Origin of standstill

First recorded in 1695–1705; noun use of verb phrase stand still

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British Dictionary definitions for standstill

standstill

/ (ˈstændˌstɪl) /

noun

a complete cessation of movement; stop; haltthe car came to a standstill
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Word Origin and History for standstill

standstill

n.

"state of cessation of movement," 1702, from stand (v.) + still (adv.). Earlier the notion would have been expressed simply by stand.

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Medicine definitions for standstill

standstill

[ stăndstĭl′ ]

n.

Complete cessation of activity or progress.

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Idioms and Phrases with standstill

standstill

see come to a halt (standstill).

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