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  1. an act or instance of stopping; cessation of activity: the stoppage of all work at the factory.
  2. the state of being stopped: During the stoppage of bus service he drove to work.
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Origin of stoppage

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at stop, -age
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Related Words for stoppage

closure, interruption, layoff, blockage, shutdown, cutoff, walkout, lockout, down, standstill, obstruction, discontinuance, occlusion, downtime, deduction, arrest, abeyance, hindrance, stopping, close

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British Dictionary definitions for stoppage


  1. the act of stopping or the state of being stopped
  2. something that stops or blocks
  3. a deduction of money, as from pay
  4. an organized cessation of work, as during a strike
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Word Origin and History for stoppage


mid-15c., from stop + -age.

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