self-clos·​ing ˌself-ˈklō-ziŋ How to pronounce self-closing (audio)
: closing or shutting automatically after being opened

Examples of self-closing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enclose your pool with a self-closing, self-locking fence. Kira Caspers, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 Hand watering is allowed every day during those hours if the hose is equipped with a self-closing water shut-off device. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2023 Air hitting the front of the car at speed is now redirected thanks to self-closing grill flaps and air dams located near the tires, both of which help reduce drag by six percent over the old e-tron models. Marco Della Cava, Robb Report, 6 June 2023 Pool owners also should install fences with self-latching self-closing gates. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2023 Install fences, covers or alarms: All pools should be surrounded by a fence with a self-closing, locking gate, according to Nemours Children’s Health. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 2 May 2023 Generally, a perimeter wall or fence must be at least 4 feet tall and equipped with self-closing, self-latching gates. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 29 Apr. 2023 Its unique self-closing shelving system protects the bottles from vibration and has space between shelves to prevent them from touching to keep the labels intact. Peg San Felippo, Sun Sentinel, 7 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-closing was circa 1875

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“Self-closing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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