mothball mothball  /ˈmɔθ ˌbɔl/


  1. (n) a small sphere of camphor or naphthalene used to keep moths away from stored clothing
  2. (v) put into long-term storage


  1. The two spacecraft share the same design and Phoenix was originally headed to the planet as Mars Surveyor 2001 until the MPL crash prompted NASA to mothball the project.
  2. Before the Senate was a bill to provide $25 million to de-mothball 134 more ships, thus quickly boost the nation's whole active merchant fleet to 1,390 vessels.
  3. OK, it may have been your grandfathers idea of elegance shiny, mothball-smelling tuxes and glazed denture smiles but it was certainly a change.


  1. Q2 Monday 5:30 p.m. top stories 6.10.2013

    PPL Montana agrees to spend $10,000,000 dollars to upgrade the Corette Power Plant in Billings. How will this affect plans to mothball the facility? After a weekend attack, Billings Police warn to not take the law into your own hands!And thieves strike a local water park, stripping the business of its cash and a life-saving device. (take a look at the video!)
    on June 11, 2013     Source: KTVQ Billings

  2. A long cooling-off period for San Onofre nuclear plant

    Tearing down San Onofre's two nuclear reactors will be a technically complex job completed over decades. It's likely Southern California Edison will first mothball the plant. Southern California Edison built San Onofre's two nuclear reactors in about nine years, but tearing them down will be a technically complex, multibillion-dollar job completed over decades.        
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

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  1. Brantley said Radcliffe "steps into a mothball-preserved, off-the-rack part and wears it like a tailor's delight - that is, a natural fit that allows room to stretch".
    on Sep 25, 2008 By: Ben Brantley Source:

  2. "If we were going to war, we wouldn't mothball our nuclear Navy and start subsidizing sailboats," Alexander, a critic of wind energy, said today. "If climate change as well as low-cost reliable energy are national imperatives, we shouldn't...
    on Nov 16, 2009 By: Lamar Alexander Source: Bloomberg

  3. "The fact that they have been sitting on this report for months is infuriating," Tauscher said. "Bay Area citizens have a right to know the environmental impact of the mothball fleet."
    on Jun 23, 2007 By: Ellen Tauscher Source: Vallejo Times-Herald

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