shutoff

noun shut·off \ ˈshət-ˌȯf \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of shutoff

1 : something (such as a valve) that shuts off

Examples of shutoff in a Sentence

  1. the utility company threatened them with the shutoff of electricity if the bills weren't paid

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First Known Use of shutoff

1847

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shut off

verb

Definition of shut off

1 : to close off : separate usually used with from
  • shut off from the rest of the world
2 a : to cut off (a flow or passage) : stop
  • shuts off the oxygen supply
b : to stop the operation of (something, such as a machine)
  • shut the motor off
: to cease operating : stop
  • shuts off automatically

Examples of shut off in a Sentence

  1. threatened to shut off peace talks if the other side kept making unreasonable demands

  2. shut off the computer to save electricity

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First Known Use of shut off

1818

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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