stand·​still | \ ˈstan(d)-ˌstil How to pronounce standstill (audio) \

Definition of standstill

: a state characterized by absence of motion or of progress : stop brought traffic to a standstill

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Examples of standstill in a Sentence

The accident brought traffic to a standstill. battled each other to a standstill

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Confidence in the Indian economy is giving way to uncertainty as growth in the labor-intensive manufacturing sector has come to a near standstill, braking to 0.6% in the last quarter from 12.1% in the same period a year earlier. Washington Post, "India’s economy slows, stalling once thriving manufacturing," 16 Sep. 2019 Like any voyage to a world beyond Earth, Vikram’s flight was a risky endeavor, requiring the lander to slow itself down to a near standstill, autonomously scan for surface obstacles, and then take steps to avoid them during touchdown. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "India’s first lunar lander falls silent just before touchdown," 6 Sep. 2019 The protests, dubbed #ParoNacional (National Stoppage), have brought business in the capital to a near standstill. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Puerto Rico is in political chaos. Here’s what’s at stake.," 24 July 2019 Workers at a French factory that is the world’s biggest producer of the popular hazelnut and chocolate spread are back at work after production was brought to a near standstill for more than a week over a salary dispute., "Daily Briefing, June 6," 5 June 2019 In 1995 Jacques Chirac’s government shelved his attempt to reform the system after weeks of protests and strikes brought Paris to a standstill. The Economist, "Another French president tries pension reform," 12 Sep. 2019 The rare crime, allegedly, brought downtown to a standstill after a van with bins of gasoline in a parking garage led authorities to evacuate several buildings near the Inner Harbor on Monday afternoon. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Fuel theft rare in Maryland, comptroller’s office says. Also, Maryland sees two alleged fuel thefts in same day.," 10 Sep. 2019 By gridlocking traffic and blocking trains and buses, protesters sought to once again bring one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs to a standstill after chaotic action there last month captured global attention. Time Staff, Time, "Protesters Storm Hong Kong International Airport and Disrupt Transport Links," 1 Sep. 2019 If a baseball season can be viewed as a smooth sail across calm waters until season's end, 1981 was a turbulent storm that shook players, fans and the league to a standstill. Marc Bona,, "’1981 Revealed’ captures Cleveland, the All-Star Game and Barker’s perfect game," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of standstill

1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of standstill was in 1702

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English Language Learners Definition of standstill

: a state in which all activity or motion is stopped


stand·​still | \ ˈstand-ˌstil How to pronounce standstill (audio) \

Kids Definition of standstill

: the condition of not being active or busy : stop Business was at a standstill.


stand·​still | \ ˈstand-ˌstil How to pronounce standstill (audio) \

Medical Definition of standstill

: a state characterized by absence of motion or of progress : arrest cardiac standstill

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