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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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The company, which paid pounds 300m last year for TCP and the blast furnace which had been mothballed in February 2010 with the loss of 800 jobs, had blamed industrial action and windy weather incapacitating its cranes for the delays.
Tata Steel said the facility is expected to remain mothballed until the UK economy and steel demand justify a restart of operations.
During the financial crisis in 2009 the Llanwern hot strip mill was mothballed for nine months, also as a result of poor market conditions, leading to a flexible working model being designed.
The union also questioned why the factory was mothballed and 1,600 workers made redundant if a competitive bidding process for TCP was going on.
And having mothballed the ward earlier this month, they went back and reopened beds to the public.
But with the protection offered by Section 201 tariffs and subsequent pricing improvements for steel products, some of these mothballed facilities have received new attention.
Saudi Aramco has an installed but partly mothballed production capacity of more than 10.
to acquire their Kirkland Lake operations which include the mothballed Macassa Mine and Lakeshore Mine.
These units, along with a 300-million-lb HDPE reactor mothballed in 1999, will be closed permanently.
Blaenau Gwent MP Llew Smith said last night: "If Llanwern is mothballed it will have a disastrous effect across the whole of south-east Wales.
Approximately 40 Terra employees will lose their jobs after the methanol plant is mothballed.
TEESSIDE'S steelworks must be mothballed properly and preserved "at all costs" in the hope they may one day be restarted, unions warned .