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mothball

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noun moth·ball \ˈmȯth-ˌbȯl\

Definition of mothball

  1. 1 :  a ball made formerly of camphor but now often of naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene and used to keep moths from clothing

  2. 2 mothballs plural :  a condition of protective storage <put the ships in mothballs after the war>; also :  a state of having been rejected for further use or dismissed from further consideration

1892

First Known Use of mothball

1892


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mothball

verb moth·ball

Definition of mothball

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deactivate (as a ship) and prevent deterioration chiefly by dehumidification

  3. 2 :  to withdraw from use or service and keep in reserve :  put aside

Examples of mothball in a sentence

  1. Many navy ships were mothballed after the war.

1926

First Known Use of mothball

1926


MOTHBALL Defined for English Language Learners

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mothball

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noun moth·ball \ˈmȯth-ˌbȯl\

Definition of mothball for English Language Learners

  • : a small ball that contains a strong-smelling chemical and that is used to keep moths away from stored clothing


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mothball

verb moth·ball

Definition of mothball for English Language Learners

  • : to stop using (something) while keeping it to be possibly used in the future



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