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[stand-stil] /ˈstændˌstɪl/
a state of cessation of movement or action; halt; stop:
The ball rolled to a standstill.
Origin of standstill
1695-1705; noun use of verb phrase stand still Unabridged
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Examples from the web for standstill
  • When the shell came to a standstill, a triton and two sea-maidens sang a song-a tenor and two trebles.
  • Fishing and shrimping is at a standstill, and the oil keeps creeping into the marshes.
  • The ability to bring light to an utter standstill could find ample use in quantum computers.
  • They propose instead that its rotation slowed to a standstill and then reversed direction.
  • Failing that, it could fight itself to a standstill and end up backing by default a candidate it does not really want.
  • Once, on impulse, from a dead standstill he cleared the thirty-two-inch fence with ease.
  • We have come almost to a standstill this week because our server crashed.
  • Electric motors, however, deliver maximum torque from a standstill up through thousands of revolutions per minute.
  • Today the place is at a standstill, which isn't surprising.
  • Large swathes of national production would come to a standstill and exports would be emphatically weakened.
British Dictionary definitions for standstill


a complete cessation of movement; stop; halt: the car came to a standstill
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Word Origin and History for standstill

"state of cessation of movement," 1702, from stand (v.) + still (adv.). Earlier the notion would have been expressed simply by stand.

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standstill in Medicine

standstill stand·still (stānd'stĭl')
Complete cessation of activity or progress.

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Idioms and Phrases with standstill


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