standstill

noun
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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Some more apocalyptic studies predict that this could result in widespread chaos, with flights grounded, trade coming to a near-standstill and Britain running out of medical supplies and food within weeks. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Brexit needs some of Trump’s ‘madness,’ Boris Johnson suggests in leaked audio," 8 June 2018 Icicles hung from a statue of jazz musicians in normally balmy New Orleans, and drivers unaccustomed to ice spun their wheels across Atlanta, which was brought to a near-standstill by little more than an inch of snow. Lizzy Acker, OregonLive.com, "Does that snowflake on your phone really mean snow in Portland next week?," 18 Jan. 2018 Icicles hung from a statue of jazz musicians in normally balmy New Orleans, and drivers unaccustomed to ice spun their wheels across Atlanta, which was brought to a near-standstill by little more than an inch of snow. Kate Brumback And Jay Reeves, Houston Chronicle, "Snow, ice and record cold grip the South; at least 10 dead," 17 Jan. 2018 Some of the busiest parts of central London came to a standstill on Friday, as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest Donald Trump on the second day of his four-day U.K. visit, his first as U.S. President. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Thousands Turn Out to Protest Donald Trump in London," 13 July 2018 Image From early Tuesday morning until late Wednesday night, Belgium and France, England and Croatia came almost to a standstill, nervously anticipating the World Cup semifinals. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Four Countries. Two Games. One Goal.," 12 July 2018 Paris was brought to a standstill as hundreds of thousands turned out to gain a glimpse of the funeral cortege, which was followed by hundreds of bikers in homage to his passion for Harley Davidsons. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Tribute artists to bring ‘authentic’ Elvis experience to Humble," 3 July 2018 When Bill Laimbeer fouled Abdul-Jabbar 13 seconds later, the Lakers' captain made the two free throws that brought victory parade plans in Detroit to a standstill. Charlie Vincent, Detroit Free Press, "Flashback: Isiah Thomas injured ankle performance his iconic moment," 19 June 2018 After pitching in the season finale, Danish was driving back to his off-season home in Florida when an accident on I-95 forced him to a standstill. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "He lost his dad not once, but twice. How has this pitcher kept himself in the game?," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of standstill

1702, in the meaning defined above

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standstill

noun

English Language Learners Definition of standstill

: a state in which all activity or motion is stopped

standstill

noun
stand·still | \ ˈstand-ˌstil \

Kids Definition of standstill

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

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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