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standstill

[′stan‚stil]
(astronomy)
An interval in the cycle of a variable star during which its brightness remains nearly constant.
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At Willington he had found a signal against him which had brought him nearly to a standstill, and under the regulations he had passed through the station at ten miles an hour.
They came to a standstill before a tiny chateau, in front of which stretched what might once have been an ornamental garden, but which was now torn to pieces by gun carriages, convoy waggons, and every description of vehicle.
At last the passenger carriages rolled in, oscillating before coming to a standstill.
And here a fresh alarm brought me to a standstill with a thumping heart.
The young girl's attention had been attracted to him for the last few moments; she had repeatedly turned her head towards him with uneasiness; she had even once come to a standstill, and taking advantage of a ray of light which escaped from a half-open bakery to survey him intently, from head to foot, then, having cast this glance, Gringoire had seen her make that little pout which he had already noticed, after which she passed on.