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

Unfortunately, the place was supposed to open at 11 a.m., but the shutters were still locked and down. Iman Stevenson, New York Times, "Flatbush Zombies’ Guide to Flatbush," 3 May 2018 Tattered flags fly from the building's roof, while the walls sport broken shutters, crumbling stucco and old Christmas lights. Parker Leavitt, azcentral, "Readers' picks: Worst East Valley eyesores," 24 Dec. 2015 The Environment The active-shutter glasses that are required to use most 3D TVs work best when the viewer is singularly focused on the screen—not in the highly social environment of a typical Super Bowl party. Seth Porges, Popular Mechanics, "Why We're Glad the Super Bowl Isn't in 3D," 1 Feb. 2011 And slow down the shutter speed, which is measured in fractions of seconds. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How to capture the eerie nighttime clouds of climate change," 6 July 2018 Also working to benefit fuel economy are auto stop-start at idle, active radiator shutters, underbody panels and front air curtain intakes (to settle turbulence at the wheel wells). Mark Maynard,, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 Harry’s Place No matter what the calendar says, Colchester locals know spring has arrived the second Harry's Place opens its shutters for the season. Leeanne Griffin,, "25-Plus Popular Ice Cream Spots In Connecticut," 21 May 2018 The headboard in one of the bedrooms and the shutters on the bedroom window are examples of antique wood re-milled for the new space. Kadee Krieger,, "Rundown Marigny home renovated into weekend getaway and apartments," 17 May 2018 After the shooting, dozens of people congregated near the storefront, which had its security shutter halfway down, and in a parking lot across the street. Tony Briscoe,, "2 killed, 7 wounded in Chicago shootings," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The popular club on the Gulf Freeway has been shuttered since Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg filed a nuisance suit against the owners. Chronicle Staff, Houston Chronicle, "Bombshells sports bar allowed to sell alcohol in settlement requiring close monitoring," 20 June 2018 Union Taco | Flourtown The final location of this taqueria has shuttered. Michael Klein,, "Let's Eat: Life, Libertine and the pursuit of happiness," 20 June 2018 The city said its one-time investment in the concert and events center, which has been shuttered since 2009 but is expected to reopen early next year, will serve as an economic boon for the downtown area. Karen Pearlman,, "El Cajon investing in economic future to keep pace with growing pension liability costs," 19 June 2018 No other state has ever shuttered a SNAP program, but Walters said her department has few options after years of cuts that slashed its budget from more than $1.2 billion to around $770 million this year. Melinda Deslatte, The Seattle Times, "Louisiana food stamp program threatened with shutdown," 9 June 2018 Some 50,000 people have been arrested, including dozens of journalists and more than 100 media outlets have been shuttered. Eli Meixler, Time, "Turkey Sentences 104 People to Life in Prison Over the 2016 Coup Attempt," 22 May 2018 Sears has shuttered its anchor store at Orland Square, but the building’s owner, Seritage, plans to redevelop the space to include a 10-screen movie theater. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Employee buyouts planned in Orland Park to cut costs," 18 May 2018 Many of the businesses between Ninth and 10th Streets have been shuttered, awaiting a gut renovation. Rene Rodriguez And Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "After decades of neglect, South Beach's Washington Avenue is getting a major renovation | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 As Hoodline reported, the company’s Fillmore location has shuttered without warning. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pizza Orgasmica quietly closes down after 22 years in the Bay Area," 3 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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