Definitions for: Closure


[n] termination of operations
[n] approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap; "the ship's rapid rate of closing gave them little time to avoid a collision"
[n] the act of blocking
[n] an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
[n] a rule for ending debate in a deliberative body
[v] terminate debate by calling for a vote; "debate was closured"; "cloture the discussion"



Webster (1913) Definition: Clo"sure (?, 135), n. [Of. closure, L. clausura, fr.
clauedere to shut. See Close, v. t.]
1. The act of shutting; a closing; as, the closure of a
chink.

2. That which closes or shuts; that by which separate parts
are fastened or closed.

Without a seal, wafer, or any closure whatever.
--Pope.

3. That which incloses or confines; an inclosure.

O thou bloody prison . . . Within the guilty closure
of thy walls Richard the Second here was hacked to
death. --Shak.

4. A conclusion; an end. [Obs.] --Shak.

5. (Parliamentary Practice) A method of putting an end to
debate and securing an immediate vote upon a measure
before a legislative body. It is similar in effect to the
previous question. It was first introduced into the
British House of Commons in 1882. The French word
cl[^o]ture was originally applied to this proceeding.

Synonyms: block, blockage, blockage, closedown, closing, cloture, cloture, gag rule, occlusion, occlusion, shutdown, stop, stoppage

See Also: approach, approaching, bank closing, breech closer, breechblock, closure by compartment, coming, conclusion, end, ending, guillotine, impediment, impedimenta, implosion, layoff, obstructer, obstruction, obstruction, obstructor, order, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure, plant closing, plug, rules of order, stopper, stopple, terminate, termination, vapor lock, vapour lock

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