Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of closing or the state of being closed: closure of an incision.
  • n. Something that closes or shuts.
  • n. A bringing to an end; a conclusion: finally brought the project to closure.
  • n. A feeling of finality or resolution, especially after a traumatic experience.
  • n. See cloture.
  • n. The property of being mathematically closed.
  • transitive v. To cloture (a debate).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An event or occurrence that signifies an ending.
  • n. A feeling of completeness; the experience of an emotional conclusion, usually to a difficult period.
  • n. A device to facilitate temporary and repeatable opening and closing.
  • n. An abstraction that represents a function within an environment, a context consisting of the variables that are both bound at a particular time during the execution of the program and that are within the function's scope.
  • n. The smallest set that both includes a given subset and possesses some given property.
  • n. The smallest closed set which contains the given set.
  • n. The act of shutting; a closing.
  • n. That which closes or shuts; that by which separate parts are fastened or closed.
  • n. That which encloses or confines; an enclosure.
  • n. A method of ending a parliamentary debate and securing an immediate vote upon a measure before a legislative body.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of shutting; a closing.
  • n. That which closes or shuts; that by which separate parts are fastened or closed.
  • n. That which incloses or confines; an inclosure.
  • n. A conclusion; an end.
  • n. A method of putting an end to debate and securing an immediate vote upon a measure before a legislative body. It is similar in effect to the previous question. It was first introduced into the British House of Commons in 1882. The French word clôture was originally applied to this proceeding.
  • n. the property of being mathematically closed under some operation; -- said of sets.
  • n. the intersection of all closed sets containing the given set.
  • n. achievement of a sense of completeness and release from tension due to uncertainty; ; also, the sense of completion thus achieved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of shutting, or the state of being closed; a closing or shutting up.
  • n. That by which anything is closed or shut; a means of closing.
  • n. Inclosure; also, that which incloses, bounds, covers, or shuts in.
  • n. Conclusion; end.
  • n. In legislation, the closing or stoppage of a debate: in the British House of Commons, the cutting off of debate so as to prevent further discussion or motions by the minority and cause a direct vote to be taken on the question before the House: often used in the French form clôture.
  • In England, to end by closure. See closure, n., 5.

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

  • n. an obstruction in a pipe or tube
  • n. approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap
  • n. termination of operations
  • n. a Gestalt principle of organization holding that there is an innate tendency to perceive incomplete objects as complete and to close or fill gaps and to perceive asymmetric stimuli as symmetric
  • n. something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making
  • v. terminate debate by calling for a vote
  • n. the act of blocking
  • n. a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin clausūra, fortress, lock, from clausus, enclosed; see close. Sense 4, translation of French clôture.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French closure, from Latin clausura, from claudere ("to close"); see clausure and close. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • People have been bandying about the word closure in response to the death of bin Laden.

    Marcia G. Yerman: Thoughts on the Death of Osama Bin Laden

  • M. O'BRIEN: As you think about this moment, do you think it was -- the term closure is such a trite ...

    CNN Transcript Jun 9, 2006

  • "The term 'closure' wasn't used in any meaningful document until '91 or '92," says Schroeder.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Pakistan denounced the airstrike as a violation of its sovereignty, expressing its protest through an ongoing blockade of a vital border crossing for NATO trucks, though officials have said the closure is also meant to prevent attacks on convoys.

    U.S.-Pakistan relations further strained after airstrike

  • I know neither you nor he are in love with the word closure -- especially when it comes to some of the 9/11 commemorations but at the end of this show is it fair to say this character has had some growth, resolution... even come to a kind of peace with what happened?

    Nancy Doyle Palmer: The End of Rescue Me, But Not Denis Leary

  • Almost all occurrences of the word "closure" in American public life are questionable and even worrisome, especially because the word is most often deployed after a killing.

    John Thatamanil: Killing And The Myth Of Closure

  • Dr. Emanuel Maidenberg: The goal really in achieving what we call closure is being able to remember … what happened that used to be stressful or depressing … and not experiencing these emotions any more.

    Finding Closure

  • I think in the normal world this is what they call closure.

    Don’t Sleep With Your Drummer

  • UC Berkeley law professor Frank Zimring found that the media never used the word "closure" in a death penalty context before 1989 the year, coincidentally, that McPhail was gunned down in a Savannah parking lot.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • The phrase "closure" is overused and a bit obnoxious, but that's what you never got.

    The Guardian World News

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