Meaning of closure


Closure is the end or the closing down of something. It can be physical — like the closure of your local library — or emotional, like the closure you experience when you finally come to terms with the end of a romance.

Closure comes from the Latin claus (“shut”), and it has many different shades of meaning. A road closure blocks that road from traffic. If you find closure after an emotional hardship, you’re ready to move on. An obstruction in a small passage, like a pipe, is also a closure, as is the button on your sweater. In debate, closure (usually cloture), stops debate and starts the vote.

Definitions of closure
  1. noun

    termination of operations

    “they regretted the
    closure of the day care center”

    closedown, closing, shutdown

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    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

    the act of laying off an employee or a work force
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    conclusion, ending, termination

    the act of ending something

  2. noun

    something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making

    “he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of

    resolution, settlement

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    deciding, decision making

    the cognitive process of reaching a decision

  3. noun

    the act of blocking


    blockage, occlusion

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    the initial occluded phase of a stop consonant
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    the act of obstructing

  4. noun

    an obstruction in a pipe or tube


    block, blockage, occlusion, stop, stoppage

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    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    a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing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)
    bung, spile

    a plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask
    bottle cork, cork

    the plug in the mouth of a bottle (especially a wine bottle)

    a removable plug for holding water in a tub or basin

    a plug of cotton, wax, or rubber that is fitted into the ear canal for protection against the entry of water or loud noise

    a wooden plug forming a flue pipe (as the mouthpiece of a recorder)
    tampion, tompion

    plug for the muzzle of a gun to keep out dust and moisture

    plug of cotton or other absorbent material; inserted into wound or body cavity to absorb exuded fluids (especially blood)
    spigot, tap

    a plug for a bunghole in a cask
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    impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor

    any structure that makes progress difficult

  5. noun

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



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    approach, approaching, coming

    the act of drawing spatially closer to something

  6. noun

    a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body


    cloture, gag law, gag rule

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    closure by compartment, guillotine

    closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill
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    order, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure, rules of order

    a body of rules followed by an assembly

  7. verb

    terminate debate by calling for a vote

    “debate was


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    end, terminate

    bring to an end or halt

  8. noun

    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


    law of closure

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    Gestalt law of organization, Gestalt principle of organization

    a principle of Gestalt psychology that identifies factors leading to particular forms of perceptual organization

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