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  • v. To close, terminate, or end
  • v. To turn off or stop.

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

  • v. cease to operate or cause to cease operating


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  • In the early 1980s, for instance, Ford in the United States shut down its in-house wiring-harness assembly operations and gave this business to twelve outside suppliers.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • “At one point on the trip back to Earth it got so bad,” Aldrin jokes, “that we could have shut down our attitude-control thrusters and done the job ourselves!”

    First Man

  • He said a company in the Uelzen region has been shut down as the likely source of the contamination.

    Bean Sprouts Likely Source of Europe's E. coli Outbreak That Killed 22

  • In the distance, Trint spotted the welcome glow of lights at a truck stop and decided to pull off the road and grab a bite to eat while he waited to see if the weather would break or turn into an icy blizzard that would shut down the roads until morning.

    CSS: Christmas Cheer

  • The mine in Kimberly, Alabama, petered out and shut down in1888.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • The facility was shut down immediately, as was another similar facility in DeSoto Parish, as a precaution pending results of a company investigation into causes and remediation actions.

    EXCO Resources Reports Plant Incident

  • Much of the section of freeway that is being shut down winds through a hillside pass near Beverly Hills and other communities that are susceptible to brushfires.

    A surreal sight, a ghost 405 freeway, in L.A.

  • Harley told James that they would immunize some of the animals in the lab with EBV peptides that looked like the Sm B self-protein, and that if these Epstein-Barr protein pieces produced lupus in them he would shut down several other projects in order to test whether that association could also be found in humans.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • Eroticized hangers masturbate while a rope or other binding constricts their carotids, gradually increasing the pressure so that at the point of climax, the arteries are shut down completely.

    Over the Edge

  • The bean-sprout supplier, located in southern Lower Saxony, has been shut down and its products have been recalled.

    Bean Sprouts Are New E. Coli Suspect


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