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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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 But their baby-to-be is in for a low-key childhood if her parents’ downtime routine is any indication. Nick Maslow,, "Chanel Iman Is Pregnant! Victoria's Secret Angel to Become Mom for First Time," 13 May 2018 Any other downtime prior, would cause significant disruption to campus operations. . . Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What’s going on at the nation’s premier historically black university?," 7 June 2018 Instead of filling your downtime feeling, well, down, pick up a new hobby. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "College Applications: Ways to Relax Once You’ve Submitted Your Apps," 8 Jan. 2018 Bray claimed that in 2014, then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler decided to hide the real cause of the downtime. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC accused of “spreading lies” about DDoS hitting comment system," 6 June 2018 Eliminating the requirement, Tang and Safai say, will allow small businesses to open faster, potentially shaving off months of downtime in which merchants have to pay rent but can’t bring customers in the door. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "2 SF supervisors have plan to draw more small businesses to their districts," 8 May 2018 So for now, Alma will have about eight to 12 weeks of downtime as Evans predicts Alma will make a full recovery., "Volunteers save critically injured dog, minutes from death," 28 June 2018 In one room, the murals depict scenes from military life: soldiers crouched in combat, donning gas masks, and cleaning weapons and darning socks during downtime. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Once Home to Soldiers, Former Presidio Fort Will House New Residents," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of downtime

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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