Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shutdown”

shutdown

noun [C] uk   /ˈʃʌt.daʊn/ us  
an occasion when a business or large piece of equipment stops operating, usually for a temporary period: It's just a regular maintenance shutdown. The emergency shutdown procedure was activated.Not functioning
(Definition of shutdown from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shutdown?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “shutdown” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

nip

to press something quickly and quite hard between two objects, especially sharp objects such as teeth or nails

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More