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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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Neither of the two investors is in possession of mothballing options in the first case, while both of them have mothballing options in the second case.
Nitrogen can be generated on the spot, stored, transported to our site and used for the scraping and mothballing process, all in the same day.
It sounds dreadful but if mothballing the centre means other services can be retained then it has to be considered.
The firm has started mothballing the Teesside Cast Products plant in Redcar, threatening the jobs of 1,600 workers, after a consortium pulled out of a long term contract.
Keith Hazlewood, national officer of the GMB, accused Corus of going back on a promise to delay the mothballing.
Steel giant Corus said it has agreed to consider a union plan to postpone the partial mothballing of its Redcar plant to the end of February.
The partial mothballing ( or shutdown) will result in the loss of about 1,700 jobs, around 600 fewer than envisaged earlier this year.
A checklist should be established covering all items in the facility, specifications written for each category, and finally estimates made to review the cost-effectiveness of mothballing each category.
Ron, 59, from Eston, is still employed by SSI and is on the mothballing works at the Redcar blast furnace.
Anna Soubry responds to the news that SSI is mothballing its iron and steelmaking facilities in Redcar.
Tata Steel said the temporary mothballing of the mill at its Llanwern site in Newport, South Wales will take immediate effect.