standstill

noun stand·still \ ˈstan(d)-ˌstil \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of standstill

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

Examples of standstill in a Sentence

  1. The accident brought traffic to a standstill.

  2. battled each other to a standstill

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First Known Use of standstill

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STANDSTILL Defined for English Language Learners

standstill

Definition of standstill for English Language Learners

  • : a state in which all activity or motion is stopped


STANDSTILL Defined for Kids

standstill

noun stand·still \ ˈstand-ˌstil \

Definition of standstill for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

standstill

noun stand·still \ ˈstand-ˌstil \

medical Definition of standstill

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


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