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[sloh-doun] /ˈsloʊˌdaʊn/
a slowing down or delay in progress, action, etc.
a deliberate slowing of pace by workers to win demands from their employers.
Sports. a holding or passing tactic by a team to retain possession of the ball, puck, etc., or use up a maximal amount of time, as to safeguard a lead or thwart a high-scoring opponent.
Origin of slowdown
1895-1900; noun use of verb phrase slow down
1. slackening, falloff, decline, flagging. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slowdown
  • The severity of the economic slowdown was not yet fully yet anticipated.
  • Even if a taxi never encounters a slowdown, clues from the trip can indicate an underlying problem with urban planning.
  • For many years economists attributed this reduced growth to a difficult-to-explain slowdown in business productivity.
  • The decline partly reflects the typical fall slowdown after the peak buying season.
  • The signs of slowdown actually show that the authorities have been effective in achieving their goals.
  • However, the budget balance is set to deteriorate, while growth could halve because of the impact of the global economic slowdown.
  • There have been further signs of economic slowdown this week.
  • But this time a sudden slowdown would not be easy to hide.
  • But beyond the business cycle, another slowdown has received scant attention.
  • The president begins her second term facing an economic slowdown.
British Dictionary definitions for slowdown


the usual US and Canadian word for go-slow
any slackening of pace
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Word Origin and History for slowdown

also slow-down, 1892, "act of going more slowly," from verbal phrase; see slow (v.) + down (adv.).

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