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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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Marjan, producer of AM, has an operating capacity of 270,000 b/d - 300,000 b/d of its 570,000 b/d capacity being moth-balled. SA in March 2012 contracted Saipem for the fabrication, transport and installation of offshore structures in Marjan and Manifa.
In 2006, $50-million was allocated in the 2007 budget for the final payment of the country's foreign debt which was incurred for the moth-balled project.
The classrooms and buildings remain moth-balled after the college closed and was rebuilt near Gateshead Quays.
But will green technology be able to supply us with a third of our power in the next decade when Hunterston and Torness are moth-balled?
The German tanks, built in the 1980s and moth-balled since reunification, will be operational by 2005, and will replace 160 ageing Soviet T-72, T-55 et T-54 tanks.
In tandem with the Cinematheque's new president Jean-Charles Tacchella, Scarlet aims to make the Cinematheque, its theaters and (currently moth-balled) museum unavoidably terrific.
Salvesen Food Logistics had two existing tray washers in 'moth-balls', being surplus to their requirements; they were 14 and 12 years old.
The second train was moth-balled and the third one was kept on stand-by.
The measures National Grid has put in to balance the system, such as paying moth-balled power plants to be ready to come online and paying factories to be prepared to power down if needed, increase the capacity margin to 5.1%.
There has been much uncertainty on the operational future of this second supercarrier due to defence cuts and the possibility it would be moth-balled on completion or sold abroad.
In 2011 the RoS and RSS saw their total crude oil output fall to 450,000 b/d, from 540,000 b/d in 2007, as a result of crises in Khartoum and Juba which had caused their fields to be moth-balled inadequately.