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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In his downtime, he’s also been snapped in straight-off-the-runway Prada pieces. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "2018 Was the Year of the Male Red Carpet Peacock," 15 Dec. 2018 Maison will strive to be a place where passions, pursuits, downtime, quiet time, can coexist. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Inside Maison, a New Club for Women Coming to the Upper East Side," 13 Dec. 2018 Once there, Edström, equipped with a Nikon D850 and a Nikon lens, found a moment of downtime after trekking to a valley spot filled with dragon’s blood trees. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "A Photographer’s Journey to the Tree of Life," 12 Dec. 2018 Doctors laud its results and the minimal downtime required for healing. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "What It’s Actually Like to Get Fraxel Laser Treatment," 21 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of downtime

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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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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to gather or build up little by little

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