[doun-tahym] /ˈdaʊnˌtaɪm/
a time during a regular working period when an employee is not actively productive.
an interval during which a machine is not productive, as during repair, malfunction, maintenance.
Also called dead time.
1925–30; down1 + time
Example Sentences for downtime
There is no downtime or vacation where e-mail is concerned.
And, by all means use the downtime from campus to get caught up on committee work, or even your writing.
Because manufacturing is more capital-intensive than the rest of the economy, downtime is more costly than in other industries.
In their downtime, much of the cast have become auteurs.
Their goal is to avoid the downtime inherent in motor-powered prosthetics that must be recharged.
Despite the downtime, the band has resisted the temptation to deliver a manifesto.
The enforced downtime allows you to savor the experience-and the culture of people who live there.
The resulting downtime gave the crew a chance to get caught up on some things.
That's what downtime was for: looking after any cuts and wounds and sunburn, and sleeping and packing calories.
The utility should be forced to pay the financial costs of unscheduled downtime to its customers.
British Dictionary definitions for downtime
downtime (ˈdaʊnˌtaɪm)
1.  commerce Compare idle time time during which a machine or plant is not working because it is incapable of production, as when under repair: the term is sometimes used to include all nonproductive time
2.  informal time spent not working; spare time

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  1. Time during which a machine, factory, etc, is not operating (1950s+)
  2. Time away from work; leisure time : He spends most of his downtime with Toby, his wife/ He has more downtime than he did four years ago

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