closure (n.)

late 14c., "a barrier, a fence," from Old French closure "enclosure; that which encloses, fastening, hedge, wall, fence," also closture "barrier, division; enclosure, hedge, fence, wall" (12c., Modern French clôture), from Late Latin clausura "lock, fortress, a closing" (source of Italian chiusura), from past participle stem of Latin claudere "to close" (see close (v.)).

Sense of "act of closing, a bringing to a close" is from early 15c. In legislation, especially "closing or stopping of debate" (compare cloture). Sense of "tendency to create ordered and satisfying wholes" is 1924, from Gestalt psychology.

updated on December 30, 2017

Definitions of closure from WordNet
closure (n.)
approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap;
Synonyms: closing
closure (n.)
a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body;
Synonyms: cloture / gag rule / gag law
closure (n.)
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
closure (n.)
something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making;
he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure
Synonyms: settlement / resolution
closure (n.)
an obstruction in a pipe or tube;
Synonyms: blockage / block / occlusion / stop / stoppage
closure (n.)
the act of blocking;
Synonyms: blockage / occlusion
closure (n.)
termination of operations;
they regretted the closure of the day care center
Synonyms: closedown / closing / shutdown
closure (v.)
terminate debate by calling for a vote;
debate was closured
Synonyms: cloture
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