stand·​still ˈstan(d)-ˌstil How to pronounce standstill (audio)
: a state characterized by absence of motion or of progress : stop
brought traffic to a standstill

Examples of standstill in a Sentence

The accident brought traffic to a standstill. battled each other to a standstill
Recent Examples on the Web From there, the scoring came to a standstill until the Blue Devils took over in the fifth. Maddie Hartley, Kansas City Star, 24 May 2024 But transit workers are on strike, and the city’s traffic is at a standstill. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for standstill 

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Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of standstill was in 1702

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Cite this Entry

“Standstill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


stand·​still -ˌstil How to pronounce standstill (audio)
: a state marked by absence of motion or activity : stop
traffic was at a standstill

Medical Definition


stand·​still ˈstand-ˌstil How to pronounce standstill (audio)
: a state characterized by absence of motion or of progress : arrest
cardiac standstill

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