Closure is the end or the closing down of something. It can be physical — like the closure of your local library — or emotional, like the closure you experience when you finally come to terms with the end of a romance.

Closure comes from the Latin claus ("shut"), and it has many different shades of meaning. A road closure blocks that road from traffic. If you find closure after an emotional hardship, you're ready to move on. An obstruction in a small passage, like a pipe, is also a closure, as is the button on your sweater. In debate, closure (usually cloture), stops debate and starts the vote.

Definitions of closure
  1. noun
    termination of operations
    “they regretted the closure of the day care center”
    synonyms: closedown, closing, shutdown
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    plant closing
    act of shutting down operation of a plant
    bank closing
    act of closing down a bank because of a fiscal emergency or failure
    the act of laying off an employee or a work force
    type of:
    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  2. noun
    something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making
    “he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure
    synonyms: resolution, settlement
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    deciding, decision making
    the cognitive process of reaching a decision
  3. noun
    the act of blocking
    synonyms: blockage, occlusion
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    the initial occluded phase of a stop consonant
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    the act of obstructing
  4. noun
    an obstruction in a pipe or tube
    synonyms: block, blockage, occlusion, stop, stoppage
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    breech closer, breechblock
    a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing
    plug, stopper, stopple
    blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
    vapor lock, vapour lock
    a stoppage in a pipeline caused by gas bubbles (especially a stoppage that develops in hot weather in an internal-combustion engine when fuel in the gas line boils and forms bubbles that block the flow of gasoline to the carburetor)
    bung, spile
    a plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask
    bottle cork, cork
    the plug in the mouth of a bottle (especially a wine bottle)
    a removable plug for holding water in a tub or basin
    a plug of cotton, wax, or rubber that is fitted into the ear canal for protection against the entry of water or loud noise
    a wooden plug forming a flue pipe (as the mouthpiece of a recorder)
    tampion, tompion
    plug for the muzzle of a gun to keep out dust and moisture
    plug of cotton or other absorbent material; inserted into wound or body cavity to absorb exuded fluids (especially blood)
    spigot, tap
    a plug for a bunghole in a cask
    type of:
    impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor
    any structure that makes progress difficult
  5. noun
    approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap
    synonyms: closing
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    approach, approaching, coming
    the act of drawing spatially closer to something
  6. noun
    a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body
    synonyms: cloture, gag law, gag rule
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    closure by compartment, guillotine
    closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill
    type of:
    order, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure, rules of order
    a body of rules followed by an assembly
  7. verb
    terminate debate by calling for a vote
    “debate was closured
    synonyms: cloture
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    type of:
    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
  8. noun
    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
    synonyms: law of closure
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    Gestalt law of organization, Gestalt principle of organization
    a principle of Gestalt psychology that identifies factors leading to particular forms of perceptual organization
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