downtime

noun
down·​time | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌtīm How to pronounce downtime (audio) \

Definition of downtime

1 : time during which production is stopped especially during setup for an operation or when making repairs
2 : inactive time (such as time between periods of work) napping during our downtime an injured athlete facing months of downtime

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Synonyms for downtime

Synonyms

layoff, time-out, winter

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Examples of downtime in a Sentence

After a busy day at work, I look forward to some downtime at home. The kids napped during their downtime. We need to minimize network downtime.
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Many of the players are coming off several weeks—or even months—of downtime, which means the general field of athletes is rested and ready to go, says the spokesperson. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here’s What You Need to Know About the 2019 Australian Open, Including How to Watch," 16 Jan. 2019 Granted, our parents had fewer options: Boredom and downtime were inescapable. Melissa Bernstein, Redbook, "How to Do Nothing This Summer and Still Have An Amazing Time," 7 July 2017 This downtime gave Hasbro time to design a leader for Cobra. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 Yet, without fail, a dinner party or a cocktail gathering will manage to work its way into our downtime, far more frequently than our friends with bigger, fancier digs. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How the Salonnière List of the Best Party Hosts in America Is Put Together," 21 Mar. 2019 Anyone who usually spends their downtime with a cup of coffee and a good book can tell you just how quickly those books can pile up. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You Need This $15 Naked Floating Bookshelf—And 1,000 Reviews Agree," 3 Jan. 2019 Flagg’s granddaughter, Cathy O’Brien, 73, has spent much of her downtime researching and buying her grandfather’s work, scouring auction sites and catalogs. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "I Want You…to Solve the Mystery of the Missing Nude," 10 Oct. 2018 And Goreski made the most of his downtime, pampering at the pool with his Joanna Vargas face mask in 2017. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Katy Perry's Time-Saving Skincare Hack? Wear Your Face Mask Out in Public," 16 May 2018 Sophie Turner just revealed that during her downtime from filming for the show, Turner got a brand-new tattoo in tribute to her character. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner's Newest Tattoo Could Be a Major 'Game of Thrones' Spoiler," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of downtime

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of downtime was in 1928

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downtime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of downtime

US : time when you are not working or busy
: time during which a computer or machine is not working

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