shut-in

noun
\ ˈshət-ˌin How to pronounce shut-in (audio) \

Definition of shut-in

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

shut-in

adjective
\ ˈshət-ˈin How to pronounce shut-in (audio) \

Definition of shut-in (Entry 2 of 3)

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b : tending to avoid social contact : withdrawn the shut-in personality type— S. K. Weinberg

shut in

verb
shut in; shutting in; shuts in

Definition of shut in (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

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

First Known Use of shut-in

Noun

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shut-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shut-in. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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shut-in

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English Language Learners Definition of shut-in

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

shut-in

noun
\ ˈshət-ˌin How to pronounce shut-in (audio) \

Medical Definition of shut-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

shut-in

adjective
\ ˌshət-ˌin How to pronounce shut-in (audio) \

Medical Definition of shut-in (Entry 2 of 2)

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2 : tending to avoid social contact : withdrawn diagnostic and prognostic significance of the shut-in personality type— S. K. Weinberg

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