1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin clausūra. See close, -ure (Source:

Definitions of Preclosure



  1. the act of closing; the state of being closed.
  2. a bringing to an end; conclusion.
  3. something that closes or shuts.
  4. closer1(def 2).
  5. an architectural screen or parapet, especially one standing free between columns or piers.
  6. Phonetics. an occlusion of the vocal tract as an articulatory feature of a particular speech sound.Compare constriction(def 5).
  7. Parliamentary Procedure. a cloture.
  8. Surveying. completion of a closed traverse in such a way that the point of origin and the endpoint coincide within an acceptably small margin of error.Compare error of closure.
  9. Mathematics. the property of being closed with respect to a particular operation. the intersection of all closed sets that contain a given set.
  10. Psychology. the tendency to see an entire figure even though the picture of it is incomplete, based primarily on the viewer's past experience. a sense of psychological certainty or completeness: a need for closure.
  11. Obsolete. something that encloses or shuts in; enclosure.
  12. the act of closing or the state of being closed
  13. an end or conclusion
  14. something that closes or shuts, such as a cap or seal for a container
  15. (in a deliberative body) a procedure by which debate may be halted and an immediate vote takenSee also cloture, guillotine, gag rule
  16. mainly US the resolution of a significant event or relationship in a person's life a sense of contentment experienced after such a resolution
  17. geology the vertical distance between the crest of an anticline and the lowest contour that surrounds it
  18. phonetics the obstruction of the breath stream at some point along the vocal tract, such as the complete occlusion preliminary to the articulation of a stop
  19. logic the closed sentence formed from a given open sentence by prefixing universal or existential quantifiers to bind all its free variables the process of forming such a closed sentence
  20. maths the smallest closed set containing a given set the operation of forming such a set
  21. psychol the tendency, first noted by Gestalt psychologists, to see an incomplete figure like a circle with a gap in it as more complete than it is


verb (used with or without object)

  1. Parliamentary Procedure. to cloture.



  1. (tr) (in a deliberative body) to end (debate) by closure

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