Definition of Standstill

1. Noun. A situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible. "Reached an impasse on the negotiations"

Exact synonyms: Dead End, Deadlock, Impasse, Stalemate
Generic synonyms: Situation
Derivative terms: Stand Still

2. Noun. An interruption of normal activity.
Exact synonyms: Stand, Tie-up
Generic synonyms: Halt, Stop
Derivative terms: Stand, Tie Up

Definition of Standstill

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

Definition of Standstill

1. Noun. complete immobility; halt ¹

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Definition of Standstill

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Medical Definition of Standstill

1. Cessation of activity. Atrial standstill, cessation of atrial contractions, marked by absence of atrial waves in the electrocardiogram. Synonym: auricular standstill. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Standstill

stands down
stands for
stands in
stands on ceremony
stands out
stands up
stands up against
stands up to
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Literary usage of Standstill

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1. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1878)
"Nicotin, when given, first slows the heart even to a standstill; but after a while the beats recover their usual rhythm. Stimulation of the vagus is then ..."

2. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1904)
"On one occasion a Sulphur-bottom was thus followed for a considerable distance till finally the vessel came to a standstill at about the place where the ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1906)
"The train came to a standstill, and was divided into two sections, with one of which the engineer proceeded. At a point on the road the engineer said that ..."

4. A History of the United States Since the Civil War by Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer (1922)
"It was not unusual for some poor victim to go mad or take his own life.2 All business had come to a standstill. Capital for new enterprises was not to be ..."

5. The History of the Popes, from the Close of the Middle Ages: Drawn from the by Ludwig Pastor, Ralph Francis Kerr, Frederick Ignatius Antrobus (1908)
"... like so many other undertakings, the building of St. Peter's also came more and more to a standstill. As early as 1517 § it was a jest among the Romans ..."

6. The Life and Correspondence of Rufus King: Comprising His Letters, Private by Rufus King (1895)
"Pinckney had been appointed to succeed him in Paris—Letter to Mr. Pitcairn relative to the French Debt—Negotiations with England at a standstill—American ..."

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