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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Recent Examples on the Web Peru's anger was compounded in stoppage time when Carlos Zambrano was shown a red card for an elbow on Richarlison. Matias Grez, CNN, "Neymar surpasses Ronaldo's goal tally and closes in on Pele's all-time record with hat-trick for Brazil," 14 Oct. 2020 To prevent another stoppage, the MW has partnered with Quest Diagnostics to provide rapid-results testing for COVID-19 three times a week. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah State to open Mountain West basketball play on Dec. 29; Aggies host San Diego State on Jan. 16," 9 Oct. 2020 Joseph-Claude Gyau fired off a team-high three shots, including one that forced Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake into a sprawling save in first-half stoppage time. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati blanked again, losing 3-0 at Philadelphia Union," 8 Oct. 2020 Houston's Maruo Manotas was shown a straight red card for a serious foul in first-half stoppage time and the Dynamo played a man down the rest of the way. Houston Chronicle, "Quintero, Cerén score, short-handed Dynamo beat Dallas," 7 Oct. 2020 Paul Marie, the No. 12 overall pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft, scored his first MLS goal in the third minute of stoppage time to cap the scoring. Staff And News Services,, "Earthquakes beat Whitecaps 3-0 for third straight win," 7 Oct. 2020 The keeper fended off an open shot in transition from Júnior Urso in the final minutes of regulation, then launched himself skyward to snag a curling long shot in stoppage time from rookie Joey DeZart. Julia Poe,, "Orlando City ties Atlanta United to extend unbeaten streak to 10 games," 7 Oct. 2020 For many of the people onscreen, this year entailed a work-stoppage and a monthslong lockdown in bigger homes than yours. Darren Franich,, "A pretty good Emmys made a poor case for TV’s importance, but at least we could watch Watchmen: Review," 21 Sep. 2020 Considering there were five months between the season stoppage and restart, the bubble felt like a second season. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Can Phoenix Suns become what Denver Nuggets are right now?," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of stoppage

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stoppage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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