follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

shutdown

[shuht-doun] /ˈʃʌtˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
a shutting down, as of a factory, school, or machine; a termination or suspension of operations, services, or business activity: a partial government shutdown;
an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase shut down
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for shutdown
  • However, what would normally be an effective shutdown turned into a second chance after alumni and friends spoke up.
  • The resulting spray shorted out electronics and forced an automatic shutdown of the nuclear reactor.
  • The sudden shutdown of so many local industries left many families without income, pushing some to the brink of economic disaster.
  • They are re-proving it at the moment by again threatening a government shutdown, this time by holding disaster relief hostage.
  • The bills are aimed at thwarting piracy, by forcing the shutdown of any site that hosts pirated content.
  • It happened earlier this year with the averted government shutdown.
  • Computer modellers have tried to reproduce such a shutdown, with some success.
  • We're not opposed to a shutdown showdown, but the policy stakes ought to be worth the political investment.
  • Periods of depression and inaction alternate with spurts of partisan mania that bring the government to the edge of shutdown.
  • He is proposing, in other words, a government shutdown.
British Dictionary definitions for shutdown

shutdown

/ˈʃʌtˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
  1. the closing of a factory, shop, etc
  2. (as modifier): shutdown costs
verb (adverb)
2.
to cease or cause to cease operation
3.
(transitive) to close by lowering
4.
(transitive) (of fog) to descend and envelop
5.
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) (informal) to put a stop to; clamp down on
6.
(transitive) to reduce the power level of (a nuclear reactor) to the lowest possible value
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for shutdown
n.

also shut-down, 1884, of factories, etc.; 1911 of machines; from shut (v.) + down (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for shutdown

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for shutdown

15
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for shutdown