Meaning of CLOSURE in English


I. ˈklōzhə(r) noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin clausura, from clausus (past participle of claudere to close) + -ura -ure — more at close


a. archaic : means of enclosing

formed a closure around a plot of land

b. obsolete : fort

c. obsolete : encircling bounds

within the guilty closure of thy walls — Shakespeare

d. obsolete : a space enclosed

e. civil engineering : a giving of a closed figure when plotted — compare close vi 6


a. obsolete : the action of confining or condition of being confined in an enclosing place

b. : the absence of social mobility in a social group : social self-containment of a group


a. : a bringing to a point of completion

b. cricket : an act or right of declaring an innings closed

c. linguistics : a closed construction — compare close vt 1b (3)


a. : an act of closing up or condition of being closed up

closure of the eyelids

the captain checked the ship's closure for the pending attack

b. : a filling up of a space to seal or render impervious

be sure the container has a tight closure to keep it free from contamination

c. : a drawing together of edges or parts to form a united integument

wound closure by suture immediately after laceration

d. phonetics

(1) : the extent to which an articulation blocks the passage of air

(2) : the outer and the inner closure in a consonant articulation


a. : a means of filling a space or gap especially by sealing it or of closing an opening (as in a garment or luggage): as

(1) : fastener , closing

styled with fly-front closure

pocket with zipper closure

closure buttons for tubular furniture

(2) : closer 2

(3) : a cap, lid, or other form of stopper on or in a container especially for sealing it

b. : the part of a container where the final seal is made

6. archaic : a coming to an agreement

a precipitate closure with this gentleman's proposals — Jane Austen


[translation of French clôture — more at cloture ]

: cloture


a. : the vertical distance between the highest point in a quaquaversal flexure or doubly plunging anticline and the lowest structure-contour line that closes around it

b. Britain : a fold of a close-textured rock over a layer of porous rock to form a trap

9. : a bringing of some activity to a stop

a closure on smoking in the woods during a dry spell

: cessation of operation

closure of foreign-owned industries

10. : a closing with a particular destination on the part of a ship

11. psychology : the perception of incomplete figures or situations as though complete by ignoring the missing parts or by compensating for them by projection based on past experience

II. transitive verb

( closured ; closured ; closuring -zh(ə)riŋ ; closures )

: cloture

debate was closured so the bill could be put to an almost immediate vote

III. noun

1. : the property that a number system or a set has when it is mathematically closed under an operation

2. : a set that consists of a given set together with all the limit points of that set

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.