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shut–in

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noun \ˈshət-ˌin\

Definition of shut–in

  1. 1 :  a person who is confined to home, a room, or bed because of illness or incapacity

  2. 2 :  a narrow gorge-shaped part of an otherwise wide valley

  3. 3 :  available oil or gas which is not being produced from an existing well

1891

First Known Use of shut–in

1891


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shut–in

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adjective \ˈshət-ˈin\

Definition of shut–in

  1. 1 :  confined to one's home or an institution by illness or incapacity

  2. 2a :  secretive, brooding a bitter, shut–in face — Claudia Cassidyb :  tending to avoid social contact :  withdrawn the shut–in personality type — S. K. Weinberg

1909

First Known Use of shut–in

1909


SHUT–IN Defined for English Language Learners

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shut–in

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noun \ˈshət-ˌin\

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

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noun \ˈshət-ˌin\

Medical Definition of shut–in

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


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shut–in

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adjective \ˌshət-ˌin\

Medical Definition of shut–in

  1. 1:  confined to one's home or an institution by illness or incapacity

  2. 2:  tending to avoid social contact :  withdrawn diagnostic and prognostic significance of the shut–in personality type—S. K. Weinberg


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