shutdown

noun shut·down \ ˈshət-ˌdau̇n \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of shutdown

: the cessation or suspension of an operation or activity

Examples of shutdown in a Sentence

  1. the shutdown of the factory

  2. the factory resumed operation after a brief shutdown for repairs

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First Known Use of shutdown

1888

in the meaning defined above

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shut down

verb

Definition of shut down

: to settle so as to obscure vision : close in
  • the night shut down early
: to make ineffective in competition
  • shut down the opposition's offensive line

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First Known Use of shut down

1779

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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SHUTDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of shutdown for English Language Learners

  • : the act of stopping the operation or activity of a business, machine, etc., for a period of time or forever



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