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

  • n. Complete cessation of activity or progress: Work came to a standstill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. complete immobility; halt

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A standing without moving forward or backward; a stop; a state of rest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A halt; a pause; a stop, especially in consequence of obstruction, exhaustion, or perplexity.
  • Deficient in progress or advancement; unprogressive: as, a standstill policy.
  • n. The state of standing still; a state of immobility.

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

  • n. a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
  • n. an interruption of normal activity
  • v. remain in place; hold still; remain fixed or immobile


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • And it would go up if the economy is brought to a standstill from the loss of undocumented labor.

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  • An announcement by Dubai's government on the eve of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday said Dubai World would seek a six-month "standstill" - effectively a delay - on repaying some of its $60 billion in debts.

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  • Thanksgiving holiday with the announcement that Dubai World would seek a "standstill" - effectively a delay - on repaying some of its debts until at least May.

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  • They both signed a so-called "standstill agreement," which prohibited them from making or publicly announcing bids for 18 months after the auction ended, according to court documents.

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  • There is a brokered standstill -- in other words, they're just holding off until the end of the '06 season -- to figure out whether the Saints have their old contract back.

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  • The so-called "standstill agreement" was a condition that had ground to a halt any Transatlantic-Validus deal talks.

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