closed

adjective
\ ˈklōzd How to pronounce closed (audio) \

Definition of closed

1a : not open
b : enclosed
c : composed entirely of closed tubes or vessels a closed circulatory system
2a : having the skin intact with no underlying tissue exposed closed wounds — see also closed fracture
b of a head injury : having the skull intact : not marked by fracture or penetration of the skull
3a : forming a self-contained unit allowing no additions closed association
b(1) : traced by a moving point that returns to an arbitrary starting point closed curve also : so formed that every plane section is a closed curve closed surface
(2) : characterized by mathematical elements that when subjected to an operation produce only elements of the same set the set of whole numbers is closed under addition and multiplication
(3) : containing all the limit points of every possible subset a closed interval contains its endpoints
c : characterized by continuous return and reuse of the working substance a closed cooling system
d of a racecourse : having the same starting and finishing point
4a : confined to a few closed membership
b : excluding participation of outsiders or witnesses : conducted in strict secrecy
c : rigidly excluding outside influence a closed mind
5 : ending in a consonant closed syllable

Examples of closed in a Sentence

He looked at me through half-closed eyes. The store is closed for lunch between 1 and 2 p.m. The beach is closed this time of night. These restrooms are closed for cleaning. The chairman declared the discussion closed and allowed no further speeches.
Recent Examples on the Web That summer, Thiel helped counter charges of liberal bias by brokering a closed-door meeting between Zuckerberg and prominent conservative politicians and publishers, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2022 House Speaker Ronald Mariano has privately urged lawmakers to speed the pace of their closed-door negotiations, on issues such as climate and energy legislation. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2022 That summer, Thiel helped counter charges of liberal bias by brokering a closed-door meeting between Zuckerberg and prominent conservative politicians and publishers, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, 19 June 2022 The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to provide details from the closed-door discussions. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 16 June 2022 The committee instead played video clips of Stepien's closed-door interviews with committee investigators. Stefan Becket, CBS News, 15 June 2022 Bronin and city attorney Howard Rifkin presented the Court of Common Council with details of the settlement during an closed-door executive session Monday night. Hartford Courant, 14 June 2022 Dackin, Hook and Hosler each got second interviews with the board, which were conducted in a closed-door session. cleveland, 13 June 2022 The panel showed clips of his closed-door interview instead. Mary Clare Jalonick, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of closed

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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23 Jun 2022

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“Closed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/closed. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for closed

closed

adjective
\ ˈklōzd How to pronounce closed (audio) \

Kids Definition of closed

: not open a closed door

closed

adjective
\ ˈklōzd How to pronounce closed (audio) \

Medical Definition of closed

1 : being a complete self-contained system with nothing transferred in or out a closed thermodynamic system
2a : having the skin intact with no underlying tissue exposed closed wounds — see closed fracture
b of a head injury : having the skull intact : not marked by fracture or penetration of the skull Closed head injuries result from the force of a blast or a blow in which the skull remains intact but the brain, surrounded by fluid like an egg yolk, gets wrenched or slammed against the skull wall.— Neil Shea
3 : not discharging pathogenic organisms to the outside a case of closed tuberculosis — compare open entry 1 sense 2

closed

adjective

Legal Definition of closed

1 : confined to a few closed membership
2 : excluding outsiders or witnesses : conducted in secrecy closed hearings

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