See also: stand still
From stand + still. Compare Dutch stilstand (“standstill”), German Stillstand (“standstill”), Danish stilstand (“standstill”).
standstill (countable and uncountable, plural standstills)
- complete immobility; halt
- The wreck brought traffic to a standstill for hours.
- 1960 March, “Motive Power Miscellany: Western Region”, in Trains Illustrated, page 184:
- [...] but in the damp conditions prevailing the driver sensibly was unwilling to attempt the climb up through Combe Down tunnel without help, for fear of slipping to a standstill in the unventilated bore, [...].
- 2012, James C. Spohrer, Louis E. Freund, Advances in the Human Side of Service Engineering
- For the caller the advantage relies on a fast solution of his service request, leading to less standstill and non-productive periods for the service customer.