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 The technically advanced ride has had operational difficulties and has experienced an unusual amount of downtime. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Universal Orlando announces new rapturous Jurassic World roller coaster," 29 Sep. 2020 During downtime before and after training sessions, Michel studies film one-on-one with Pareja. Julia Poe,, "Orlando City forward Benji Michel thriving in new role," 28 Sep. 2020 Ansari cut the forthcoming Davey EP in New York during some downtime between touring for Vallis and recording the duo’s debut album. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Vallis Alps’ Davey Strikes New Deal With The Orchard, Drops ‘Not Me’: Stream It Now," 4 Sep. 2020 Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered that neural networks benefit from periods of downtime, just like humans need a good night's rest. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Neural Networks Need Naps, Just Like You," 3 Aug. 2020 Moyer is now a squad leader among his fellow trainees, and during downtime takes classes from Ventura Community College, with a goal toward earning a fire science degree. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "California bill gives hope of employment to formerly incarcerated firefighters — but will it work?," 20 Sep. 2020 On normal days, this was where firefighters squatted and lifted dumbbells during downtime. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Siege at Station 62," 18 Sep. 2020 Alison Vega-Knoll and Chris Wilson can tell you through countless dishes the two longtime friends have cooked on their downtime through the years. Ian Mcnulty,, "New gourmet market and deli is headed to Metairie from Station 6 chef and Emeril’s alum," 17 Sep. 2020 Everybody seemed to be on sabbatical from something, delighted to spend part of their downtime working in the green-gold olive groves of Puglia. Ben Yagoda, WSJ, "Starved for Italy? Mark Your Calendar for Next Fall’s Harvest Time," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Downtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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