- a state of cessation of movement or action; halt; stop: The ball rolled to a standstill.
Origin of standstill
Related Words for standstillstalemate, deadlock, impasse, pause, halt, wait, delay, arrest, gridlock, checkmate, cessation, corner, hole, standoff, check, inaction
Examples from the Web for standstill
Contemporary Examples of standstill
The heart was in standstill, hazy clots filling the ventricles.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead
August 21, 2014
The business has ground to a standstill as hair suppliers in other parts of Ukraine are leery of coming to the capital.Slouching Towards Maidan: An American Hair-Trader Reflects On Ukraine’s Protests
December 15, 2013
For now it is an industry consumed by accusation, fear, and disease even as a moratorium has brought business to a standstill.How Will Porn Solve Its HIV Crisis?
September 12, 2013
Reconstruction and new construction in Gaza is at a standstill.Hamas-Egypt Tensions Take Toll On Gaza
July 25, 2013
It imploded with the 1978–79 Winter of Discontent, when rampant trade-union militancy brought Britain to a standstill.Margaret Thatcher Found Her Voice, and Transformed Britain
April 8, 2013
Historical Examples of standstill
And I think he's going to whipsaw the market to a standstill this time, for sure.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I've seen some fresh kids playin' the horses, but he had 'em all beat to a standstill.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
But we had an accident, now, and it fetched all the plans to a standstill.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Only then is the engine working on its bed-plate brought to a standstill.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
There was a train in front of us at a standstill, with a broken brake, and the line had to be cleared.My Double Life
- a complete cessation of movement; stop; haltthe car came to a standstill
- Complete cessation of activity or progress.
see come to a halt (standstill).