shutter

noun
shut·​ter | \ ˈshə-tər How to pronounce shutter (audio) \

Definition of shutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that shuts
2 : a usually movable cover or screen for a window or door
3 : a mechanical device that limits the passage of light especially : a camera component that allows light to enter by opening and closing an aperture
4 : the movable louvers in a pipe organ by which the swell box is opened

shutter

verb
shuttered; shuttering; shutters

Definition of shutter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to close by or as if by shutters corporations shuttering their production plants
2 : to furnish with shutters

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Other Words from shutter

Noun

shutterless \ ˈshə-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce shutterless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of shutter in a Sentence

Verb

They locked the doors and shuttered the windows. They declared bankruptcy and shuttered the store.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These include a house that looks like an origami landed on a lawn and another that’s hidden behind what looks like rows of rusty metal shutters. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Perfectionist Architect’s Experimental Home," 27 Dec. 2018 Unlike Lenovo's other privacy shutters on ThinkPad devices, the one on the Yoga C930 is more discretely built into the device, allowing the bezel surrounding the webcam to be quite thin. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo’s new Yoga C930 hides a sound bar in its hinge, a stylus in its corner," 30 Aug. 2018 Over his near 20-year tenure, Soroka has battled the challenges that many congregations in institutional religion are facing as young people drift away, congregations shrink and shutter, and the remaining parishioners get older. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "The archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Philadelphia retires and goes home," 10 June 2018 Funky street art murals bring out the Instagram set, but remember to point your camera up, too: the vintage shutters on the two-story storefronts are painted in bright, cheerful colors. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things To Do In Singapore," 2 Mar. 2018 Those vibrations drowned out the insect-like clicks of camera shutters and the frantic splashing of predator-evading Banana River fish in a monumental wall of noise. Mike Wall, Space.com, "A Fireball and a Wall of Sound: What NASA's Epic Solar Probe Launch Felt Like," 14 Aug. 2018 Modest, whitewashed buildings outfitted with Tiffany blue-colored shutters line the shore, housing restaurants and oyster farms. Lane Nieset, Vogue, "After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco," 30 Jan. 2019 The iron security gates along Pennsylvania Avenue swung open and the presidential limo turned left, stopping a few yards later in front of Blair House, a stately white brick rowhouse with black shutters. David Nakamura, The Seattle Times, "Trump uses eight-vehicle motorcade to travel 250 yards to greet George W. Bush," 4 Dec. 2018 Instead of using a slow shutter speed to harness more light while obscuring the unimportant parts of a scene, Night Sight uses machine learning to adapt to its environs. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pixel's Night Sight is Declaring War on Flash Photography," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Spare parts become harder to get for planes no longer in production (the F-22 Raptor production line was shuttered in 2012). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "F-22 Stealth Fighter Receives First New 3D-Printed Part," 22 Jan. 2019 Uber’s driverless programs were shuttered in Arizona and Pittsburgh, and its permit left to expire in California. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Just remember that November 18 is Independence Day, a public holiday, and much of the city will be shuttered. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in November," 20 Sep. 2018 Without a new city contract, Amato said, the foster-care program would be forced to shutter within months. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "Did city violate the religious freedom of Catholic Social Services when it froze its foster care contract?," 21 June 2018 Such disruptions will last for days or perhaps weeks, and certain businesses—particularly smaller, independent ones—might be forced to shutter their doors permanently. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 Fluff Bake Bar was forced to temporarily shutter after a pipe in an apartment above the bakery broke and flooded the store's dining room. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Fluff Bake Bar reopens Jan. 20," 18 Jan. 2018 In April 2020, Entergy, the utility that owns Westchester’s Indian Point Energy Center, will permanently shutter one of the two reactors at the 2,069-megawatt nuclear facility. Robert Bryce, WSJ, "Gas Shortages Give New York an Early Taste of the Green New Deal," 15 Feb. 2019 Lockheed Martin used to operate an engine maintenance facility at Port San Antonio that shuttered this year. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Lockheed Martin to open new cyber facility to San Antonio, bring 100 jobs," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of shutter

Noun

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shutter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of a pair of outside covers for a window that open and close like a door
: the part of a camera that opens to allow light in when a picture is taken

shutter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shutter (Entry 2 of 2)

US
: to cover (a window) with shutters
: to close (a business, store, etc.) for a period of time or forever

shutter

noun
shut·​ter | \ ˈshə-tər How to pronounce shutter (audio) \

Kids Definition of shutter

1 : a usually movable cover for the outside of a window
2 : a device in a camera that opens to let in light when a picture is taken

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