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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deadlinenoun

    the point in time at which something must be completed


  1. deadlinenoun

    A date on or before which something must be completed.

    I must make this deadline or my boss will kill me!

  2. deadlinenoun

    A guideline marked on a plate for a printing press.

  3. deadlinenoun

    A line which doesn't move.

  4. deadlinenoun

    A boundary around a prison.

  5. Etymology: The context of a due date originated in journalism, probably from an earlier usage in printing, representing a guideline marked on a plate for a printing press (inside which all content should appear). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, early usage refers simply to lines that do not move, such as one used in angling; slightly later American usage includes a boundary around a prison which prisoners must not cross.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'deadline' in Nouns Frequency: #2835

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deadline in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deadline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of deadline in a Sentence

  1. Dan Belton:

    It’s another indication of the cash-collateral imbalance in the financial system, and there does not appear to be significant relief in sight as Treasury cash balances are poised to continue to fall ahead of the debt ceiling deadline, and as Treasury bill issuance remains negative, the Fed has and will continue to relax any constraints to the facility which will keep rates from moving sustainably negative.

  2. Vaile Wright:

    Part of what makes all of this challenging right now is that we just don't know how long it's going to last, without having a definite deadline, you do sort of have to set an expectation in your mind that this could be our new normal for a bit.

  3. Syed Ismail Shah:

    The level of access is still under discussion, we can extend the deadline and they can continue to work until then.

  4. Michael McCarthy:

    Although there is a long deadline on this, if these tariffs are introduced there will be an impact on global growth and demand.

  5. Rodrigo Catril:

    After we went home on Friday, Asian equities closed the week weaker... reflecting an increased level of apprehension on whether or not the U.S. and China can find an agreement to de-escalate their trade tensions ahead of the March 1st deadline, u.S.-led trade uncertainty along with increasing concerns over the extent of the current global growth slowdown has seen an increase in demand for core global bonds.

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    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
    • A. cleave
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