shut·ter | \ˈshə-tər \

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


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


shutterless \ˈshə-tər-ləs \ adjective

Examples of shutter in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Active grille shutters and front air dam improve aerodynamics and fuel economy as well. Robert Duffer,, "2019 Ram 1500 is the pickup truck for winning arguments," 2 July 2018 But after the seasonal scoop shops shutter for the winter, hard ice cream — if properly hoarded by the half-gallon — is a four-season friend who’s there through the hard times. Jon Gorey,, "A cold war: Which is better, hard or soft-serve ice cream?," 14 June 2018 Since 2004, South Korea has required smartphones to make large shutter sounds when taking pictures and videos to prevent such crimes. Washington Post, "South Korean women protest against ‘spy cam porn’," 8 July 2018 Since 2004, South Korea has required smartphones to make large shutter sounds when taking pictures and videos to prevent such crimes. NBC News, "Thousands of South Korean women protest against 'spy cam porn'," 7 July 2018 Since 2004, South Korea has required smartphones to make large shutter sounds when taking pictures and videos to prevent such crimes. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "South Korean women protest against 'spy cam porn'," 7 July 2018 The company makes doors, windows and hurricane shutters. David Lyons,, "Nervous South Florida industries await tariff war fallout," 6 July 2018 Wochit Bankruptcy forced two Arizona hospitals to abruptly shutter Friday: Gilbert Hospital and Florence Hospital at Anthem. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Bankruptcy forces abrupt closure of Gilbert Hospital, Florence Hospital at Anthem," 15 June 2018 There was the pink polo of The College Dropout and the shutter shades of Graduation. Hunter Schwarz, CNN, "Kanye West's first album since going MAGA isn't MAGA at all," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Joel Hernandez, the former guard, fled for oil country after the Willacy facility was shuttered and now works for refiners across the state., "Prisonville, Texas, Hopes to Reboot Its Economy on the Back of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown," 28 June 2018 The pipe mill is set to reopen after three years, when it was shuttered during the recent oil bust amid a glut of pipe supplies from foreign imports. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "Tenaris to reopen Conroe pipe plant," 27 June 2018 Island Beach was closed to the public last year, and it will be shuttered this year along with Cheesequake State Park if the government fails to pass a budget. Max Cohen,, "Worried about a potential New Jersey government shutdown? Here are eight ways you would be affected," 26 June 2018 Big Sean noted that the train station was shuttered the year he was born, 1988. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford revels in a new 'city of possibility'; residents hopeful, skeptical," 20 June 2018 News of the rodent found at a Catoosa Wendy's follows a similar incident at a Burger King location in Wilmington, Del., which was temporarily shuttered after footage of rats running across its buns went viral online. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Wendy's employees film mouse in burger buns at Oklahoma location," 18 June 2018 First released in 2015, then pivoted to free-to-play in 2016, 2K announced this week that dedicated servers will cease in September, and Evolve Stage 2 will be shuttered. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Just Cause 4, Dead or Alive 6, and more break cover before E3," 8 June 2018 This led a few dozen who'd been moved to camp out around Stewart Elementary School, which had been shuttered as part of the 2013 wave of school closures. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Housing / Politics Fight for right to camp on city streets will continue despite legal setback, homeless advocates say," 7 June 2018 During that period, gay-friendly bars and clubs started being shut down, authorities burned the books at a major research institution devoted to the study of sexuality, and gay fraternal organizations were shuttered. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How the Nazi Regime's Pink Triangle Symbol Was Repurposed for LGBTQ Pride," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of shutter


1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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



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

: to cover (a window) with shutters

: to close (a business, store, etc.) for a period of time or forever


shut·ter | \ˈshə-tər \

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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