down·​time ˈdau̇n-ˌtīm How to pronounce downtime (audio)
: time during which production is stopped especially during setup for an operation or when making repairs
: inactive time (such as time between periods of work)
napping during our downtime
an injured athlete facing months of downtime

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And because these cells are refueled rather than recharged like traditional batteries, the downtime of a hydrogen fuel cell can be negligible—as short as four or five minutes. Nimrod Golan Yanay, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 The downtime required for full recovery is one to two weeks, depending on how quickly your skin heals. Fani Mari, Allure, 3 May 2022 The downtime caused by labs being closed on the weekend is just as detrimental as delays caused by hospitals, said Gerard Vockley, chief of medical genetics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. John Fauber,, 29 Apr. 2022 The downtime at the Minnesota medical facilities was no technical glitch; reports quickly linked the activity to one of Russia’s most notorious ransomware gangs. Matt Burgess, Wired, 1 Feb. 2022 Black Ensemble Theatre — about find a way to use their downtime creatively. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Oct. 2022 Cyberattacks today are engineered to achieve physical disruption and operational downtime, usually targeting the world’s critical services: The FBI revealed that in 2021, 14 of 16 critical infrastructure sectors were attacked with ransomware. Laurance Dine, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2022 Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariners will head into the offseason with four key players needing downtime or surgery to heal injuries, including AL Rookie of the Year favorite Julio Rodríguez. Creg Stephenson |, al, 20 Oct. 2022 The mining difficulty for Bitcoin is soaring, largely due to advanced new machines coming online and the end of summer power conservation in Texas leading to less downtime. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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