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
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.
Recent Examples of downtime from the Web
There are more than 9,000 of its 737s in service around the world, Boeing argues, with spare parts available anywhere in the world within 24 hours and with a tremendous reliability record that minimizes downtime.
In the downtime, George Harrison had visited India, immersing himself self-discovery and learning the sitar.
And for many the appeal of open source is not contributing downtime to development, but using tools that can incorporate the collective wisdom of the community.
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First Known Use of downtime
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Definition of downtime for English Language Learners
: time when you are not working or busy
: time during which a computer or machine is not working
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