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


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 How to pronounce shutter (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 The Spurs’ practice gym was quiet Monday, save for the dull drone of conversation and the occasional click of a camera shutter that hallmark an NBA media day. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Sep. 2021 City officials were working to renew the ordinance last year when the coronavirus pandemic forced the entertainment district’s bars and nightclubs to shutter. oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2021 The Indian Point reactor set to shutter at the end of this month, first commissioned in 1976, is responsible for avoiding nearly 4 million metric tons of carbon a year, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 23 Apr. 2021 The camera has auto-pan and zoom features to keep you centered in the frame during video calls, and there's a physical shutter for when you're done. Gear Team, Wired, 14 Aug. 2021 There are no shutter speeds or f-stops, only a lens cap to remove and replace to allow light to make an exposure. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 The Logitech C920 is the best webcam for Zoom meetings, casual catch-ups and basic live streams, and the more recent C920S is simply a better version of it that throws in a privacy shutter for a cheaper price. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, 4 Mar. 2021 Next, move the slider on the bottom of the display (and above the shutter) from Auto to Max. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 3 Aug. 2021 Many are open year-round, though higher-elevation campgrounds shutter during winter months, when mountain roads also close to traffic. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, 22 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Under lockdown, almost 100,000 people in the Crescent City had been thrown out of work as businesses were forced to shutter and tourism ground to a halt. Victor Luckerson, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 The request is aimed at alleviating staffing problems that have prompted officials to temporarily shutter two prisons, close hundreds of prison dorms and suspend work squads throughout the state., 1 Oct. 2021 This is the second time in as many months that BP has had to temporarily shutter some UK locations because of problems distributing fuel due to a lack of truck drivers. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 The original plan was to move the Fresh Market over from the Van Aken Plaza when RMS got phase 1 construction underway, however a change in corporate management prompted them to shutter the store in 2016 and leave town for good. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 While many businesses were forced to shutter their doors and lay off their workforce in the early days of the pandemic, Amazon had an entirely different situation on its hands. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The pandemic dealt a massive blow to apparel retailers, forcing most to temporarily shutter stores and rethink their strategies. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 Officials on Wednesday accused a long-running museum about June 4 of operating without a license, leading organizers to temporarily shutter it. Vivian Wang, New York Times, 4 June 2021 The most urgent deadline is midnight Thursday, at which point Congress must adopt a measure to fund the government or some federal agencies and operations will shutter starting Friday morning. Tony Romm, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of shutter was in 1542

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“Shutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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