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shut-in

noun \ ˈshət-ˌin \

Definition of shut-in

1 : a person who is confined to home, a room, or bed because of illness or incapacity
2 : a narrow gorge-shaped part of an otherwise wide valley
3 : available oil or gas which is not being produced from an existing well

First Known Use of shut-in

1891

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shut-in

adjective \ ˈshət-ˈin \

Definition of shut-in

1 : confined to one's home or an institution by illness or incapacity
2 a : secretive, brooding
  • a bitter, shut-in face
  • —Claudia Cassidy
b : tending to avoid social contact : withdrawn
  • the shut-in personality type
  • —S. K. Weinberg

First Known Use of shut-in

1909

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shut in

verb

Definition of shut in

2 : to prevent production of (oil or gas) by closing down a well

First Known Use of shut in

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SHUT-IN Defined for English Language Learners

shut-in

Definition of shut-in for English Language Learners

  • : a sick or disabled person who rarely or never leaves home


Medical Dictionary

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shut-in

noun \ ˈshət-ˌin \

medical Definition of shut-in

: a person who is confined to home, a room, or bed because of illness or incapacity

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shut-in

adjective \ ˌshət-ˌin \

medical Definition of shut-in

1 : confined to one's home or an institution by illness or incapacity
2 : tending to avoid social contact : withdrawn
  • diagnostic and prognostic significance of the shut-in personality type
  • —S. K. Weinberg


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