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English noun: closure

1. closure (act) approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap

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


Broader (hypernym)approach, approaching, coming

2. closure (communication) a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body

Synonymscloture, gag law, gag rule

Broader (hypernym)order, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure, rules of order

Narrower (hyponym)closure by compartment, guillotine

3. closure (cognition) 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

Synonymslaw of closure

Broader (hypernym)Gestalt law of organization, Gestalt principle of organization

4. closure (cognition) something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making

SamplesThey 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.

Synonymsresolution, settlement

Broader (hypernym)deciding, decision making

5. closure (artifact) an obstruction in a pipe or tube

SamplesWe had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe.

Synonymsblock, blockage, occlusion, stop, stoppage

Broader (hypernym)impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor

Narrower (hyponym)breech closer, breechblock, plug, stopper, stopple, vapor lock, vapour lock

6. closure (act) the act of blocking

Synonymsblockage, occlusion

Broader (hypernym)obstruction

Narrower (hyponym)implosion

7. closure (act) termination of operations

SamplesThey regretted the closure of the day care center.

Synonymsclosedown, closing, shutdown

Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, termination

Narrower (hyponym)bank closing, layoff, plant closing

English verb: closure

1. closure (change) terminate debate by calling for a vote

SamplesDebate was closured.
Cloture the discussion.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)end, terminate

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