stillstand

noun

Definition of stillstand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : an act or instance of stillstanding represent minor stillstands locally preserved in the general emergence of the area— W. G. V. Bolchin
b : stability fairly long periods of stillstand— C. A. Cotton
3 : an interval in the light cycle of a variable star when its brightness temporarily stops rising or falling and perhaps forms a secondary maximum or hump in the light curve

stillstand

intransitive verb
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Definition of stillstand (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remain stationary with respect to sea level or with reference to the center of the earth used of a continent, island, or other land area

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“Stillstand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stillstand. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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