mothball: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (môth'bôl", moth'-), [key]
- a small ball of naphthalene or sometimes of camphor for placing in closets or other storage areas to repel moths from clothing, blankets, etc.
- in disuse or in storage, esp. with reference to standby equipment.
- (of ideas) dismissed as unworthy of further deliberation.
- to put into storage or reserve; inactivate.
- inactive; unused; stored away: a mothball fleet.
- mothball (Thesaurus)