how to pronounce mothball


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the above transcription of mothball is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

mothball is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of mothball in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and mothball them for potential later so …”

meanings of mothball


  1. To stop using (something), but keep it in good condition.
  2. To store or shelve something no longer used.


  1. A small ball of chemical pesticide (typically naphthalene) and deodorant placed in or around clothing and other articles susceptible to damage from mold or moth larvae in order to protect them from this damage.

mothball frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word mothball occurs in english on average 0 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics mothball can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that mothball can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) life, nature, and living environment;

words with pronunciation similar to mothball


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