stop·​page | \ ˈstä-pij How to pronounce stoppage (audio) \

Definition of stoppage

: the act of stopping : the state of being stopped : halt, obstruction a stoppage in play

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Examples of stoppage in a Sentence

The penalty caused a stoppage in play. There have been more than 10 minutes in stoppages. 10 minutes of stoppage time
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Karpency got in the ring with a black eye, and his nose was damaged early by Ramírez, the rangy puncher who had just one previous stoppage victory since 2014. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Lomachenko stops Crolla in 4th, defends lightweight belts," 13 Apr. 2019 Information of whether the whole of the ball has crossed the line is now transmitted to the referee within one second, ensuring an immediate response and limiting interference and stoppages to the game., "Why VAR is a Step in the Right Direction for Football Despite the Continued Scrutiny," 12 July 2018 Current pass count on that last stoppage: Spain 231, Russia 58. Andrew Das, New York Times, "That Roar You Heard Was From Russia. Its Team Sent Spain Packing.," 3 July 2018 The city has paired the infrastructure expansion with ticketing of drivers, which officials credit with doubling the stoppage percentage in some cases. Kristi Tanner, Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot: Pedestrian fatalities skyrocket in U.S.," 8 May 2018 Guerrero, a 165-pounder, ended up scoring an early stoppage win against Raymon Henry. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "2018 Indiana Golden Gloves champions crowned," 26 Apr. 2018 Skinny: Cavs improved to 50-31 and clinched Central Division title. ... LeBron's 11th team with 50+ victories (one of the other four seasons was work-stoppage-shortened to 66 games; Heat went 46-20 in 2011-12.) . ... Dennis Manoloff,, "LeBron James (MVP) dazzled in 15th (MVP) NBA regular season (MVP): DMan's World," 12 Apr. 2018 World Cup referees must ensure all the time used for video review is played at the end of each half — even if a stoppage takes 10 minutes., "World Cup referees prepared to take good long look at video reviews," 13 June 2018 Heat stoppages delayed the game and Warren East fought back, winning 9-5. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Butler state softball finishes third in KHSAA softball state tournament," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of stoppage

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stoppage was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of stoppage

: the act of stopping something
: a situation in which workers stop working for a period of time as a protest
sports : an occurrence in which play is stopped during a game


stop·​page | \ ˈstä-pij How to pronounce stoppage (audio) \

Kids Definition of stoppage

: stop entry 2 sense 2 The referee called a stoppage in play.

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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