from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of postponing or deferring.
  • noun The act of discontinuing a meeting of a public or private body or the transaction of any business until a fixed date or indefinitely. The period during which a public body adjourns its sittings: as, during an adjournment of six weeks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of adjourning; the putting off till another day or time specified, or without day.
  • noun The time or interval during which a public body adjourns its sittings or postpones business.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being adjourned.
  • noun The action of adjourning.
  • noun rhetoric Ampliatio.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of postponing to another time or place
  • noun the termination of a meeting


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