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downtime

1. A period of relaxation or decreased activity. I'm glad to finally have some downtime after such a busy week.
2. A period of time when a machine or system is not functioning. The computer system is experiencing some routine downtime this weekend.

down time

n. the time when a computer is not operating. (Compare this with up time.) I can’t afford a lot of down time in the system I buy.
See also: down, time
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While pushing the reset button and getting some much-needed rest are important for brokers, staying on top of business during down times is just as important, said Kathy Braddock, managing director of William Raveis New York City.
The mill will be taking extended down time at a time when the pulp and paper industry is struggling in the global economic downturn.
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This effort focused on customizing the technology to help paper producers optimize mill efficiency by reducing maintenance and down time. The new products include Blue Steel H, Blue Steel S and Blue Steel SR.
"In addition to secure partitioning, we needed an advanced RTOS that could meet our stringent requirements of zero down time. For our customers, failure is not an option.
A remarkably intimate but also discreet portrait, Eggleston (which I saw at the rough-cut stage) follows the photographer at work and in his down time, when he puts aside one instrument by which he allays anxiety--the camera--to pick up another: the bottle.
During his down time, David hones his guitar and mandolin skills, sings, and holds fast to his dreams of becoming a rock star or pop icon.
"Because we are able to keep the time between the placement of the order and when the client actually receives the product to a minimum, Natoli reduces any down time that clients may be experiencing and can also help get their products to market more quickly," said Natoli.
The executive of the Fire Brigades Union said the wording of a new agreement covering so-called stand down time was acceptable.
"But, it is low risk and has essentially no down time, so for someone who wants some improvement and does not want surgery, it is a reasonable procedure."
After a meeting of the bosses yesterday, the employers came up with a new form of words covering the stand down time - which states firefighters be allowed "reasonable rest periods" in stand down time.
Union leaders accused local authority employers of introducing last-minute changes to the agreement, centring on stand down time.
But a sticking point over so-called stand down time has suddenly emerged.
In their down time, they want relaxation, not research.
Simulation allows the students to make mistakes with little or no down time. For instructors and administrators who maintain this equipment, correcting problems could be as easy as pushing the reset button.