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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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The Philippines should have been way ahead on its nuclear power ambitions, but when the Bataan nuclear power plant was mothballed in the 1980s, that energy plan turned into shambles.
Art George, from Air Products, said: "The TV1 site has not been mothballed. There has been no change in the TV1 status, nor the status with TV2; Air Products continues to work on starting up the TV1 facility, targeting the end of this year for commercial operation.
National Grid had set out plans for mothballed or closed generators to bid for payments to be in reserve next winter (2015/16) to cope with the "energy crunch" when the gap between total power capacity and expected peak demand could shrink to just 2 per cent.
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.
The Redcar plant was partially mothballed earlier this year, threatening up to 1,600 jobs, when an international consortium walked away from a long-term contract.
"As a result, the facility has been mothballed and written down to [pounds sterling]17 million, leading to an impairment of [pounds sterling]217 million which has been recognised as an exceptional charge in the 2010 financial year.
Summary: A giant steel plant is set to be mothballed in the New Year, with the loss of 1,700 jobs.
Hundreds of contractors were laid off and one of the blast furnaces was mothballed for nine months.
TCP's Redcar Blast Furnace, Lackenby steelmaking and the South Bank Coke Ovens will be mothballed at the end of January, 2010, the company said in a statement.
In the last nine years, 98 have been sold off or mothballed across England and Wales.
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.
And 70 businesses in all have joined the race to take away a slice of the Longbridge empire before it is "mothballed".