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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Mothball gave me a gentle nip, then cuddled down to enjoy being scratched.
"The decision to mothball Buchanan Primary is by no means permanent and the education committee will continue to monitor the situation and the school's status will be reconsidered later this year," she added.
Unions, politicians and Dave Cocks, who was technology manager at the plant when it was mothballed by former owners Corus in 2010, have said it could cost more than a billion.
Instead of closing the plant for good, we have partially mothballed it, leaving the option open of finding a new partner.
In addition, the company's remaining Lakehead operations are utilizing the inventory of the mothballed facility.
He started at British Steel in 1972 and lost his job in October 2010 when it was mothballed by former owners Corus.
Despite the Prime Minister's comments, Corus issued a statement confirming it will start to partially mothball the steelworks on Friday.
The company said it had completed a review of its power station portfolio and had now to decide whether to mothball both plants or close them all together.
AFAMILY business in Northumberland has announced plans to make staff redundant and mothball its base due to an industry slump.
Redcar MP Vera Baird has been critical of the company after the decision to mothball the Teesside Cast Products site.
Power firm International Power is to mothball half the generation capacity of its North Wales power station.
Outlining a fresh round of job losses, Mr Kroese said he will decide in June whether to mothball the Wallsend yard.