shut·​off | \ ˈshət-ˌȯf How to pronounce shutoff (audio) \

Definition of shutoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

shut off

shut off; shutting off; shuts off

Definition of shut off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to close off : separate usually used with from shut off from the rest of the world
2a : 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

intransitive verb

: to cease operating : stop shuts off automatically

Examples of shutoff in a Sentence

Noun the utility company threatened them with the shutoff of electricity if the bills weren't paid Verb threatened to shut off peace talks if the other side kept making unreasonable demands shut off the computer to save electricity
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The delays could put strapped homeowners at risk of utility shutoff notices or mortgage foreclosures if the program doesn't ramp up, housing counselors said. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 7 July 2022 After the Dixie fire, PG&E rolled out its power line shutoff program last year. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2022 If hand-watering with a hose, it must be equipped with a shutoff nozzle or be hooked up to a sprinkler system on a timer. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2022 In those outages, utilities such as PG&E and Southern California Edison often send out notifications of an impending shutoff to customers. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2022 Designed to be installed at the main shutoff valve of a home or business, the small, metal washer has a center aperture that measures just one-sixteenth of an inch in diameter. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Other highlights include a pressure value, a shutoff with Viton seals to extend the life of the pump sprayer, and an in-line filter to prevent clogging that’s easy to clean. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 The records provide further evidence of the incident previously acknowledged by the city: that the mayor ordered a temporary shutoff of fluoridation of the city’s water supply in spite of city code requiring it. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Mar. 2022 Other states are likely to follow as shutoff notices are sent out, but this piecemeal approach will not protect struggling families nationwide. Mark Wolfe For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The gas was shut off and Glendale and Phoenix police were investigating, Arreguin said. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 4 Aug. 2022 Power to the building was shut off, Boston fire officials said. Adam Sennott,, 31 July 2022 Anxiety lingers that Russia could shut off gas at some point in the future in retaliation for sanctions, however. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 21 July 2022 Firms also say that due to agreements between power companies and cryptomining firms to shut off miners' power when there's a spike in energy demand on the grid, firms help to stabilize energy supply and decrease consumer costs. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 18 July 2022 They have been asked to vacate the property and were told the water and electricity are being shut off Friday. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 15 July 2022 Scammers try to scare you into thinking that your service will be shut off as soon as 30 minutes from now. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2022 Five months later, after a 99-day lockout shut off the hot stove, the Braves moved on from him after 12 seasons. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 The resolution, passed at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, cites the findings of an Outlier-ProPublica story last month that analyzed disconnections in Michigan and found DTE shut off accounts 208,000 times between April 2020 and December 2021. Sarah Alvarez, ProPublica, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shutoff


1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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27 Jul 2022

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“Shutoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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