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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More than 20,000 Southern California Edison customers in Ventura County are already without power, and about 21,000 more are under consideration for a shutoff, Edison said. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2020 The administration also says the city did not maintain a reporting system to make sure unsafe conditions were identified during daily self-inspections, or properly display emergency fuel shutoff signs and hazardous materials placards. William Thornton |, al, 12 Apr. 2021 The Fosberg Fire Weather Index, which is central to Pacific Power’s shutoff plan, is not a universally popular indicator among utilities. oregonlive, 28 Mar. 2021 Insurance companies are urging homeowners to locate water shutoff valves, often located near the street, the garage or in the front of a home, to be ready just in case leaks start. Dallas News, 18 Feb. 2021 What the greens seem to be seeking is an immediate shutoff of American oil and gas production. Stephen Moore, National Review, 11 May 2021 Here’s how: Close the shutoff valve to stop the flow of water to the toilet. Fran Aliwalas, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2021 Most steamers should have safety features like an automatic shutoff. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2021 Portions of the county, including several areas near the fire, are also facing an imminent public safety power shutoff, according to the county’s map. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Typically, a person's outdoor smart lights will shut off when their home Wi-Fi network goes down. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Russia’s government hackers have shut off the power in Ukraine twice. New York Times, 5 June 2021 If robots could do everything in a factory, humans could shut off the lights, go home, and let the machines churn out vehicles in the dark. Matt Simon, Wired, 1 June 2021 Abbott urged residents to shut off water to prevent more busted pipes and preserve municipal system pressure. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2021 Abbott urged residents to shut off water to prevent more busted pipes and preserve municipal system pressure. Paul J. Weber And,, 19 Feb. 2021 Abbott urged residents to shut off water to prevent more busted pipes and preserve municipal system pressure. Paul J. Weber And Jill Bleed,, 19 Feb. 2021 Abbott urged residents to shut off water to their homes, if possible, to prevent more busted pipes and preserve pressure in municipal systems. Fox News, 19 Feb. 2021 Tim Ackroyd, a Stone Oak homeowner, shut off his water to prevent interior flooding Sunday night after the pipe running to the outside spigot fractured. Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of shutoff was in 1818

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21 Jun 2021

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“Shutoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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