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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Stray moments of downtime—waiting in line for your latte or riding the subway—will soon be opportunities to catch up on e-mail, update your stock portfolio, or join a foursome for bridge. Steven Levy, Wired, "Qualcomm’s Founder On Why the US Doesn’t Have Its Own Huawei," 4 Sep. 2020 In their downtime, wildfire crews typically live in massive camps with hundreds of their peers. Erin Allday,, "Fighting fires and avoiding COVID: How can Bay Area crews do both?," 24 Aug. 2020 Emily Bamforth reports students will complete online work assigned by schools, while connecting with other children and participating in STEM activities in any downtime. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohioans to speak at Republican National Convention: The Wake Up for Monday, Aug. 24, 2020," 24 Aug. 2020 Adults aren’t the only ones who can use downtime to learn new skills. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "21 Activities to Stream That’ll Keep Your Kids (and You) Occupied," 11 Apr. 2020 While there’s downtime, Paul is having the furniture reupholstered and new flooring installed. Rafael Guerrero,, "Elgin-area bars and restaurants adjust to life in a pandemic: ’It’s a new world, a new ride’," 29 Aug. 2020 The prank amid four days of downtime around IMS was the talk of Indy 500 media day Thursday. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "The curious case of Alexander Rossi's tire-less golf cart: IndyCar drivers weigh in on paddock pranks," 21 Aug. 2020 Once the swimming pool season is closed for the season, officials use the downtime over the winter months to assess the prior season’s attendance and other aspects while preparing for the following year. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands pool season winds down with limited fall hours," 20 Aug. 2020 Even though a sharp blade is involved, the treatment is pain-free and leaves you with virtually no downtime. Devon Abelman, Allure, "An Allure Editor's Experience With At-Home Dermaplaning," 8 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of downtime

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Sep 2020

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“Downtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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