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English definition of “shutdown”

shutdown

noun [C]     /ˈʃʌt.daʊn/
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
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