standstill

noun
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
Recent Examples on the Web Many business travelers are staying home, and San Antonio’s convention business is nearly at a standstill. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Luxury hotel gets set for River Walk debut," 10 Nov. 2020 Throughout the world to ensure safety, at the beginning of March a mandatory lockdown was put in place across multiple countries and while some have lighted the lockdown protocol, many are still at a standstill. Essence, "Amazon Releases Moving Advert Featuring Black Ballet Dancer," 5 Nov. 2020 Videos posted online showed vehicles at a standstill at noon on the Garden State Parkway going north near Lakewood, New Jersey, resulting in a 5-mile traffic gridlock. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "De Blasio says New York will look into obscured license plates on pro-Trump cars," 2 Nov. 2020 But the halting progress of stimulus talks in Congress has left all proposals to help workers and businesses at a standstill. Ava Kofman, oregonlive, "Small error leaves out-of-work Washington state man with demand to pay back $14k in unemployment benefits," 31 Oct. 2020 But the halting progress of stimulus talks in Congress has left all proposals to help workers and businesses at a standstill. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "He Made a Minor Mistake Filling Out an Unemployment Form. Then the State Demanded $14,990 From Him.," 29 Oct. 2020 The supporters were spotted crossing the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River in the city’s northern suburbs and bringing the busy Garden State Parkway in New Jersey at least partly to a standstill. Rick Rojas, Star Tribune, "Fistfights, blocked traffic: With U.S. election looming, divisions play out in the streets," 2 Nov. 2020 With a vaccine still many months away, business owners worry the virus could resurface and once again bring life in China to a standstill. Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, "U.S. Says Virus Can’t Be Controlled. China Aims to Prove It Wrong.," 30 Oct. 2020 The new guidelines in both countries are less severe than lockdowns imposed this spring, which brought Germany and France to a standstill. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Record GDP won't mean much to investors," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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19 Nov 2020

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“Standstill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standstill. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for standstill

standstill

noun
How to pronounce standstill (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of standstill

: a state in which all activity or motion is stopped

standstill

noun
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.

standstill

noun
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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