stand·​still | \ˈstan(d)-ˌstil \

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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But since the Singapore summit, negotiations have come to a standstill. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "U.S. Preparing for Second Trump Meeting With North Korea’s Leader," 10 Sep. 2018 The match came to a standstill while a search recovered the piece. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How Chris Evert's US Open Match Gave the Tennis Bracelet Its Name," 6 Sep. 2018 Tourism on Florida's southwestern coast has slowed to a standstill, says the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, with the smell of dead fish lining beaches only adding to the problems. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Florida Hit By Worst 'Red Tide' Bloom in Over a Decade," 3 Aug. 2018 The entry into the World Cup final in Russia brought the country of 4 million people to a standstill Sunday after officials and the media described the event as the biggest in Croatia's sports history. Jovana Gec, Fox News, "Fans proud despite Croatia's World Cup final loss to France," 15 July 2018 According to the stats, the I.D. R will reach 60mph from a standstill in 2.2 seconds. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "7:57:148—Volkswagen makes racing history with record-breaking electric race car," 29 June 2018 The new dual-motor, all-wheel-drive performance version of the Model 3 will have a top speed of 155 mph, a 310-mile range and acceleration from standstill to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, Musk wrote. Bloomberg,, "Elon Musk announces $78,000 version of Tesla Model 3 — unaffordable for the masses," 21 May 2018 Force built his drag-racing empire piloting machines that propel him from a standstill to greater than 300mph in less than four seconds. Todd Engle Special To The Star And Eagle, kansascity, "First family of drag racing returns to roots in Topeka this weekend | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 That’s like a human jumping more than 30 feet from a standstill. Amanda Campanaro /, NBC News, "Why scientists trained this tiny spider to jump on command," 13 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of standstill

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


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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