from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A marble-sized ball, originally of camphor but now of naphthalene, stored with clothes to repel moths.
- n. A condition of long storage for possible future use: put the battleship into mothballs.
- n. A condition of being set aside or discarded: have put the plan into mothballs.
- transitive v. To remove (a ship, for example) from active service or use and put into protective storage.
- transitive v. To defer indefinitely; shelve: mothball a project.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a small ball of chemical pesticide and deodorant placed in or around clothing and other articles susceptible to damage from mold or moth larvae in order to protect them from this damage; mothballs have either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene as their active ingredient.
- v. to store or shelve (something that is no longer used)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small sphere of camphor or naphthalene used to keep moths away from stored clothing.
- transitive v. To put into long-term storage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. put into long-term storage
- n. a small sphere of camphor or naphthalene used to keep moths away from stored clothing
"The so-called mothball option is not leadership - I think it kicks the can down the road," he said.
Tesco said Tuesday that in November it would "mothball" 13 stores in those areas — six in Nevada, six in Arizona, and one in inland California — by boarding them up or subletting them, with a plan to reopen them in four to five years once the economy there recovers.
I would caveat my comment on Savage 99 value by stating that if it is in very good condition or like new, I would definitely "mothball" it for the value aspect.
From a system of around 125 parks, that would have put about a third into "mothball," or low maintenance state, greatly reducing the number of places that Washingtonians could go to escape the stress of the world of people and to capture the peace of the world of nature.
St Germans 'mothball' fears over dwindling followers
The company said it plans to "mothball" 13 Fresh & Easy stores - six in Nevada, six in
There's now speculation that Sitt's intention may be to "mothball" the boardwalk until the city meets his demands.
Also in Asia the company has also been affected by falling xylitol sales; this prompted the decision to 'mothball' its production site in China.
LONDON: Tatas-owned steel maker Corus announced on Friday that the company has started consultations that may force it to 'mothball' its Teesside Cast Products plant in north-east England after a consortium of four international slab buyers suddenly cancelled a 10-year contract to buy almost 78\% of Teesside's output.
Corus bosses said they were forced to "mothball" a plant employing 1,920 because foreign companies had withdrawn from a contract to place orders until at least 2014.