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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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  • Their first warning of trouble came with the stoppage of the air-currents that supplied them with the very breath of life.

    Derrick Sterling Kirk Monroe
  • Cornell, it is stated, injured his machine to furnish an excuse for the stoppage of the work.

  • Indeed the excitement nearly caused a stoppage of work along the zone, a matter almost without precedent.

    The Hero of Panama F. S. Brereton
  • I had my own particular reason to rejoice coincident with the stoppage of the grass.

  • All his nature had been running violently forward, and the shock of its stoppage stupefied him.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • That the stoppage is not a fact, because nature abhors a vacuum?

  • Any breach of our contract in letter or spirit during the next two days will be punished by its stoppage.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • After a stoppage of an hour and a half, the "Ellis" started down the river.

  • When she awoke at the first stoppage of the train, she started away from him with a little gasp.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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