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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Art George, from Air Products, said: "The TV1 site has not been mothballed.
And SSI said it hopes to bring in 800 workers on top of the existing 700 employed at TCP, which was mothballed a year ago.
What has driven the ship breaking industry from near extinction less than 10 years ago to its growing role has been the twin pressures to scrap many of the mothballed vessels that the Maritime Administration is mandated to dispose of and the growing hunger for scrap metals.
Saudi Aramco's mothballed capacity for Arab Medium and Heavy crudes has been limited to 850,000 b/d, compared to 3.
Added to about 600 million lb of capacity previously mothballed at two plants in Texas in 2001, the new cutbacks bring idled domestic PE capacity at Dow and its Union Carbide subsidiary to more than 1.
It doesn't take much imagination to guess that the simplest way to maintain B will be to pirate components from the mothballed units, thus making it impossible to get those units back on-line.
However, since May 2000 the Graham company has been mothballed over ongoing legal tussles and tangles.
They have also mothballed large antennas located in the middle of the South pacific, bagged complete helicopters bein g shipped around the world, and identified the causes of corrosion and ways to prevent it through process engineering.
No plans have been made to resume operations, however, company officials say the mill will not be mothballed.
THE Maze prison will be mothballed but not shut down, it was learned yesterday.
Wilson Observatory, one of the oldest in the southwestern United States, has been mothballed since 1985.
NYSE:TRA) announced today that it has mothballed its Donaldsonville, La.