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.

1855–60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase shut down Unabridged
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shutdown (ˈʃʌtˌdaʊn)
1.  a.  the closing of a factory, shop, etc
 b.  (as modifier): shutdown costs
2.  to cease or cause to cease operation
3.  (tr) to close by lowering
4.  (tr) (of fog) to descend and envelop
5.  informal (intr; foll by on or upon) to put a stop to; clamp down on
6.  (tr) to reduce the power level of (a nuclear reactor) to the lowest possible value

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Example sentences
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.
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