a state of cessation of movement or action; halt; stop: The ball rolled to a standstill.

1695–1705; noun use of verb phrase stand still Unabridged
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standstill (ˈstændˌstɪl)
a complete cessation of movement; stop; halt: the car came to a standstill

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Word Origin & History

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

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

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Idioms & Phrases


see come to a halt (standstill).

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Example sentences
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
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
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