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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I peered into the back seat to check that Mothball was alright.
Although the company believes its decision to mothball these plants will not have an effect on the adequacy of electricity in Texas, it will apply to the Electric Reliability Council Of Texas (ERCOT) for Reliability Must-Run consideration for each of the mothballed units.
Robinson, Unit 3 (552 MW) and Webster, Unit 3 (374 MW) in mothball status," said David Tees, president and chief executive officer of Texas Genco.
The group is to mothball two units from its coal-fired plant in High Marnham, Nottinghamshire, and one from its station at Drakelow near Burton-on-Trent.
When we finish ship two at the end of the next year, we will have to make a decision over whether to mothball the yard.
The company believes its decision to mothball these plants will have no effect on the adequacy of electricity in Texas.
We hope it is a proper mothball and that the company is genuine and that this plant can be restarted because we do believe there are credible people out there who want to take this plant over.
April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A new moth repellent is being heralded by health professionals and clothing-care experts as a long-overdue alternative to mothballs, a leading cause of accidental household poisonings among children -- especially during the spring and fall clothing storage seasons.
December 2009: Corus says it will mothball TCP with the loss of around 1,700 jobs.
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.
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