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[stop-ij] /ˈstɒp ɪdʒ/
an act or instance of stopping; cessation of activity:
the stoppage of all work at the factory.
the state of being stopped:
During the stoppage of bus service he drove to work.
Origin of stoppage
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see stop, -age Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stoppage
  • There have been small disruptions in the past, but this is the first serious stoppage of all major transactions.
  • It must be time to hold another image-destroying work stoppage.
  • In hockey, the home team is allowed to make the last change during any stoppage on the ice.
  • The stunning stoppage-time goal was, therefore, less stunning than it might have been.
  • And with the league mired in a work stoppage, the schedule is wrapped in uncertainty.
  • Dunham won via doctor's stoppage in the second round.
  • But the aim of the work stoppage, their leaders argue, was to show how much they give to the country with their labour.
  • Postal and telecoms workers and, significantly, electricity workers were preparing to join the stoppage.
  • Since many goods cannot efficiently be moved by air, a long stoppage would have meant a huge supply shock.
  • Each country compiles data based on individual criteria and therefore, no standard measure of work stoppage is available.
British Dictionary definitions for stoppage


the act of stopping or the state of being stopped
something that stops or blocks
a deduction of money, as from pay
an organized cessation of work, as during a strike
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Word Origin and History for stoppage

mid-15c., from stop + -age.

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stoppage in Technology

/sto'p*j/ Extreme lossage that renders something (usually something vital) completely unusable. "The recent system stoppage was caused by a fried transformer."
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