down·​time | \ˈdau̇n-ˌtīm \

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


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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While most people use them to jam tunes without background distraction, many slip them on or just get some downtime. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "TaoTronics Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones are $25 off today," 18 July 2018 First, locating your solar park in an extremely sunny area (like Abu Dhabi, or Phoenix, Arizona) can drive down cost because those solar panels are producing electricity almost every day, so the cost of downtime becomes smaller. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Are super-cheap solar fields in the Middle East just loss-leaders?," 8 Oct. 2018 Medical aesthetics exist in the place between hardcore plastic surgery, with anesthesia and downtime, and a more superficial procedure like getting a blowout. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The push to make Botox as common as getting a blowout," 12 Sep. 2018 In her downtime, Jasmine's not one to lounge in her pajamas or on the beach all day, every day. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "10 Things You Don't Know About HGTV's Jasmine Roth," 11 Sep. 2018 The summer used to be calmer for Nash and McCaney, but now there is no downtime. Courtney Becker,, "When Sister Nora talks, her voice is soft, but executives listen," 6 July 2018 After the hard work of doing things like tightening the lashing gear on the high stacks of containers, Machado spends his limited downtime creating art in his cabin. Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle, "Modern maritime artist in SF plies high seas, then his brush," 5 June 2018 By monitoring a company’s computer system, an MSD can prevent downtime and detect/fix security threats. Joseph A. Mann Jr., miamiherald, "Kaseya helps businesses keep their IT systems running," 1 Feb. 2018 Guess the real-life Beth and Randall had some downtime on the set., "Is This An Official Petition For Drake To Join This Is Us?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of downtime

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Dec 2018

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The first known use of downtime was in 1928

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English Language Learners Definition of downtime

: time when you are not working or busy

: time during which a computer or machine is not working

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