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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The ability to deal with dull downtime is a necessary element of a healthy existence for kids and adults. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "To be your most interesting self, get good at being bored," 10 Aug. 2019 With some downtime, your brain begins to recharge which can also lead to lowering stress hormones and improving blood pressure. Houston Chronicle, "Get in touch with nature in Galveston," 14 June 2019 During downtime, check out the town’s spas, art galleries, and historic sites, including the century-old Provincetown Art Association and Museum, which offers free admission on Friday nights. Sarah Karlan, National Geographic, "June is Pride month. Here’s where to celebrate," 17 May 2019 At-home tools have shorter pins, which work superficially; professional devices with longer needles drive deeper for more significant improvements in wrinkles and scars (along with greater downtime). Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 The entire process is relatively simple with little downtime. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Getting Lip Fillers Removed: What You Need to Know," 11 July 2018 View Sample Sign Up Now Technology has enabled employers to enforce a work pace with no room for inefficiency, squeezing every ounce of downtime out of workers’ days. Emily Guendelsberger, Time, "I Worked at an Amazon Fulfillment Center; They Treat Workers Like Robots," 18 July 2019 Stripe, one of the most valuable financial technology startups in the world, was hit with one of its longest periods of downtime ever on Wednesday. Julie Verhage, Fortune, "Stripe Outage Smacked Businesses for Two Hours," 11 July 2019 Three decades of getaways to the same island off the coast of South Carolina prompted fellow coaches to question Sparano’s downtime decisions. Andrew Krammer, sun-sentinel.com, "A year after his death, ex-Dolphins coach Tony Sparano’s influence still being felt," 22 July 2019

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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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