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Definition of mothball
noun (usually mothballs)
a small pellet of a pungent substance, typically naphthalene, put among stored clothes to keep away moths.
verb [with object]
store (clothes) among or in mothballs. stop using (a piece of equipment or a building) but keep it in good condition so that it can readily be used again. cancel or postpone work on (a plan or project):plans to invest in four superstores have been mothballed