AskDefine | Define closure

Dictionary Definition



1 approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap; "the ship's rapid rate of closing gave them little time to avoid a collision" [syn: closing]
2 a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body [syn: cloture, gag rule, gag law]
3 a Gestalt principle of organization holding that there is an innate tendency to perceive incomplete objects as complete and to close or fill gaps and to perceive asymmetric stimuli as symmetric [syn: law of closure]
4 something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making; "the finally reached a settlement with the union"; "they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences"; "he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure" [syn: settlement, resolution]
5 an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe" [syn: blockage, block, occlusion, stop, stoppage]
6 the act of blocking [syn: blockage, occlusion]
7 termination of operations; "they regretted the closure of the day care center" [syn: closedown, closing, shutdown] v : terminate debate by calling for a vote; "debate was closured"; "cloture the discussion" [syn: cloture]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • AHD: klō'zhûr


From closure, from clausura.


  1. an event or occurrence that signifies an ending
  2. a feeling of completeness; the experience of an emotional conclusion, usually to a difficult period
  3. an abstraction that represents a function within an environment, a context consisting of the variables that are both bound at a particular time during the execution of the program and that are within the function's scope
  4. the smallest object that both includes the object as a subset and possesses some given property


  • (computer science) thunk

See also


event signifying an ending
feeling of completeness
  • Portuguese: terminado, acabado
  • French: fermeture
mathematical set
  • Czech: uzávěr
  • Danish: afslutning
  • French: fermeture
  • Hungarian: lezárt
  • Polish: domknięcie
  • Swedish: hölje

Extensive Definition

Closure may refer to:
In film:
In music:
closure in French: Fermeture
closure in Japanese: 閉包
closure in Korean: 닫힘
closure in Russian: Замыкание

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