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CLOSURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does closure mean? 

CLOSURE (noun)
  The noun CLOSURE has 7 senses:

1. approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap
2. a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body
3. a Gestalt principle of organization holding that there is an innate tendency to perceive incomplete objects as complete and to close or fill gaps and to perceive asymmetric stimuli as symmetric
4. something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making
5. an obstruction in a pipe or tube
6. the act of blocking
7. termination of operations

  Familiarity information: CLOSURE used as a noun is common.


CLOSURE (verb)
  The verb CLOSURE has 1 sense:

1. terminate debate by calling for a vote

  Familiarity information: CLOSURE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CLOSURE (noun)


Sense 1closure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

closure; closing

Context example:

the ship's rapid rate of closing gave them little time to avoid a collision

Hypernyms ("closure" is a kind of...):

approach; approaching; coming (the act of drawing spatially closer to something)


Sense 2closure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

gag rule; cloture; gag law; closure

Hypernyms ("closure" is a kind of...):

order; parliamentary law; parliamentary procedure; rules of order (a body of rules followed by an assembly)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "closure"):

closure by compartment; guillotine (closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill)


Sense 3closure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A Gestalt principle of organization holding that there is an innate tendency to perceive incomplete objects as complete and to close or fill gaps and to perceive asymmetric stimuli as symmetric

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

law of closure; closure

Hypernyms ("closure" is a kind of...):

Gestalt law of organization; Gestalt principle of organization (a principle of Gestalt psychology that identifies factors leading to particular forms of perceptual organization)


Sense 4closure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

closure; resolution; settlement

Context examples:

the finally reached a settlement with the union / they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences / he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure

Hypernyms ("closure" is a kind of...):

deciding; decision making (the cognitive process of reaching a decision)


Sense 5closure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An obstruction in a pipe or tube

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

blockage; stoppage; occlusion; closure; block; stop

Context example:

we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe

Hypernyms ("closure" is a kind of...):

impediment; impedimenta; obstructer; obstruction; obstructor (any structure that makes progress difficult)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "closure"):

breech closer; breechblock (a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing)

plug; stopper; stopple (blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly)

vapor lock; vapour lock (a stoppage in a pipeline caused by gas bubbles (especially a stoppage that develops in hot weather in an internal-combustion engine when fuel in the gas line boils and forms bubbles that block the flow of gasoline to the carburetor))


Sense 6closure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of blocking

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

blockage; occlusion; closure

Hypernyms ("closure" is a kind of...):

obstruction (the act of obstructing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "closure"):

implosion (the initial occluded phase of a stop consonant)


Sense 7closure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Termination of operations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

closedown; shutdown; closing; closure

Context example:

they regretted the closure of the day care center

Hypernyms ("closure" is a kind of...):

conclusion; ending; termination (the act of ending something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "closure"):

plant closing (act of shutting down operation of a plant)

bank closing (act of closing down a bank because of a fiscal emergency or failure)

layoff (the act of laying off an employee or a work force)


CLOSURE (verb)


Sense 1closure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Terminate debate by calling for a vote

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

closure; cloture

Context examples:

debate was closured / cloture the discussion

Hypernyms (to "closure" is one way to...):

end; terminate (bring to an end or halt)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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