mothball


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mothball

a small ball of camphor or naphthalene used to repel clothes moths in stored clothing, blankets, etc.

mothball

[′mȯth‚bȯl]
(ordnance)
Placing military equipment into a state of long storage.

mothball

A term used for preserving aircraft, equipment, parts, etc., when they are unlikely to be put in use for an extended period. The equipment is generally sealed and made moisture-proof to the extent possible.
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Mothball gave me a gentle nip, then cuddled down to enjoy being scratched.
The Swarland Brick Company, based near Rothbury, has revealed it is seeking to make most of its 30 staff redundant and to mothball its site due to what it calls the worst building recession since the 1940s.
PPL Montana announced that it is planning to mothball its 154-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Billings once the new federal emission standards take effect in 2015.
Outlining a fresh round of job losses, Mr Kroese said he will decide in June whether to mothball the Wallsend yard.
We believe that a company such as SSI could provide a strong and certain future for Teesside and ensure that 150 years of proud steel production has not been ended by the incorrect decision by Corus to mothball the blast furnace.
The decision to mothball the plant suggests that Corus did not really want to keep it open or sell it to another steel company.
The proposals merely mothball some of the facilities.
Union leaders attacked the decision to mothball the plant and stepped up warnings of industrial action to try to save the jobs.
Corus is to mothball its Redcar plant on Teesside with the loss of 1,700 jobs, the steel firm announced yesterday, despite a vigorous campaign to keep the plant open (inset): the firm says it lost pounds 130 million between April and September
Already the firm's largest ongoing project the African Mercy has been moved to Hebburn and today final preparations will be made to mothball the yard.
Corus was criticised last week in a report by the North East Select Committee, which said the decision to mothball TCP was shortsighted.
A MOVE to mothball one of the biggest steel plants in the UK will have no impact on steel jobs in North Wales, a company pledged last night.