shutoff

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noun

shut·​off ˈshət-ˌȯf How to pronounce shutoff (audio)
1
: something (such as a valve) that shuts off
2

shut off

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verb

shut off; shutting off; shuts off

transitive verb

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

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
Anaheim Street remained closed in the area for several hours after the shutoff. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2024 Precautionary shutoffs have to be arranged with first responders, Hawaiian Electric Vice President Jim Kelly told CNN on Sunday in an email, adding the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation. Nouran Salahieh, CNN, 17 Aug. 2023 The commission also requires utilities to initiate shutoffs only as a last resort, to give customers as much advance warning of such shutoffs as possible and to create plans to mitigate the harms caused by such shutoffs. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The water shutoff risked a deadly explosion and cracked the boiler, MWT said. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 28 June 2023 The hospital is installing water shutoffs on multiple floors in the hospital to prevent the issue from happening again, Pastore said. Nick Perry, Fortune Well, 4 Jan. 2024 It’s made with a plush faux fur fabric and features an automatic shutoff feature that kicks in after four hours. Lauren Fischer, Peoplemag, 16 Dec. 2023 Pacific Gas & Electric customers cannot sue the power giant for losses incurred during power shutoffs designed to protect the public from wildfires, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Features include warm and hot drying modes, temperature control, an interior light, and automatic shutoff. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023
Verb
Israel shut off the water and prevented humanitarian aid. Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 The study of these structures will provide key insights into how galaxies build, maintain, and shut off star formation. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2024 Atmos employees shut off gas to the building and began working to determine if there were any leaks or problems with distribution outside the building that may have caused the explosion or contributed to it. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 Jan. 2024 But when setting up to cast net, shutting off the motor can help keep bait schools tight and easier to catch. 13. Bob McNally, Outdoor Life, 4 Jan. 2024 Weather stations or rain sensors ($200 and up) shut off irrigation when it’s not needed. Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 After seven days passed, the city shut off Marsden’s power. Max Blau, ProPublica, 29 Jan. 2024 The agency shut off the lunar explorer to conserve its battery, saying it would automatically be restarted if its solar panel began generating power as the angle of the moon changed. Hanako Montgomery, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, officials concede that visitors also can’t go to the imposing, towering pyramids at Tonina, because a landowner has shut off across his land while seeking payment from the government for granting the right of way. Mark Stevenson, Chicago Tribune, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shutoff was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Shutoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shutoff. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

shutoff

1 of 2 noun
shut·​off ˈshət-ˌȯf How to pronounce shutoff (audio)
1
: something that shuts off
2
: an instance of shutting off : interruption, stoppage

shut off

2 of 2 verb
ˌshət-ˈȯf
1
: to stop the flow of
shut off the water
2
a
: to stop the operation of
shut the motor off
b
: to cease operating
the light shuts off automatically
3
: to make or keep separate
shut off from the rest of the world
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