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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Many older mothballing procedures set out desiccants in open trays to pick up residual moisture.
As a further consequence of the mothballing, it is proposed to reduce by around 1,700 employees - including those affected by the mothballing of the South Bank Coke Ovens which was announced previously.
Around 700 people are still employed at TCP but SSI is understood to be keen to create a further 800 jobs at the plant, which employed around 1,600 people prior to mothballing.
Corus is blaming the mothballing on an international consortium, which it said pulled out of a contract halfway through a 10-year deal.
Without the #4 paper machine, we have no present need to run the pulp mill, although we are mothballing the asset to preserve our options in the future.
STEELWORKERS are to be balloted for industrial action over the mothballing of a huge plant, with the loss of up to 1,500 jobs, it was announced yesterday.
Summary: Steelmaker Corus is to start mothballing a huge plant on Friday, resulting in the loss of up to 1,600 jobs.
As the Donaldsonville facility's other manufacturing plants were previously shut down, the mothballing of the ammonia plant completes the transition from an integrated manufacturing facility to a facility used solely as a storage and distribution terminal.
And to help, Durham University student Simon Beer is interviewing people who lived through the 20120 mothballing of Redcar's blast furnace, and the subsequent rebirth of steel production.
He said mothballing the plant would give PPL Montana the option to resume operations if conditions change.
The German firm announced in June that it was mothballing its truck trailer factory in Harelaw, County Durham, with the loss of 66 production jobs.
As mothballing at Corus's huge Redcar site began, ending 170 years of mass steelmaking on Teesside, workers described the atmosphere as like a funeral.