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 shutterless (audio) \ 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

Cash was scarce, as metal shutters covered the doors and windows of banks and A.T.M.s, which relied on the internet for every transaction. New York Times, "India Shut Down Kashmir’s Internet Access. Now, ‘We Cannot Do Anything.’," 14 Aug. 2019 Gaps between its dome and main shutter need to be closed to keep water from seeping in, said Michitoshi Yoshida, the telescope’s director. Washington Post, "Amid protest, Hawaii astronomers lose observation time," 10 Aug. 2019 Brian Arnold of Castlebuilt Homes; Mark Arnold of Carpet Selections; Gary Stewart for hardwood flooring; and Budget Blinds for shutters and shades. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Renovated ranch home brings coastal vibes to Louisville's Bellemeade neighborhood," 8 Aug. 2019 The dynamic range, the highlight and shadow recovery, the speed, the silent shutter mode. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "Photographers spill their tips for capturing the best shots while traveling," 6 Aug. 2019 The high-end retailer is the latest retailer to seek bankruptcy protection and shutter stores amid a consumer shift to online shopping. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Luxury retailer Barneys New York files for bankruptcy," 6 Aug. 2019 The arm swings with precision to different angles and snaps away using a mechanical finger on the shutter release. Julie Verhage, Fortune, "Square Deploys a Robot to Fight Bad Online Product Photos," 22 July 2019 Both engines have stop-start at idle, high-pressure direct injection and active upper grille shutters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Chevrolet Blazer is the family wagon redefined," 20 July 2019 The pastel pink house is pretty as a picture, with spring green shutters and ivy crawling up every surface. Condé Nast Traveler, "17 Most Beautiful Small Towns in France," 17 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Dominican Republic resort, where a Delaware woman claimed she was brutally beaten earlier this year, will be shuttered for almost three months, hotel operators said. NBC News, "Dominican Republic hotel where American woman was beaten temporarily closing," 14 Aug. 2019 The international airport has been at a standstill since Monday, while an increasing number of shops have been shuttered and thoroughfares blockaded. Madeline Roache, Time, "Hong Kong's Last British Governor Says China Sending in Troops Would Be 'Appalling Error'," 13 Aug. 2019 The 235-acre complex popularly called Buick City was shuttered during the company's 2009 bankruptcy. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Postal Service decision could mean thousands of auto jobs in Flint, Lordstown," 8 Aug. 2019 The number of retail stores closed in the U.S. this year has already surpassed last year’s total, according to Coresight Research, which expects 12,000 will be shuttered in 2019. Washington Post, "Barneys seeks bankruptcy protection, closes most stores," 6 Aug. 2019 Separately, 8chan founder Fredrick Brennan told the New York Times that the site should be shuttered in the wake of the latest shooting. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "8chan goes down after Cloudflare pulls support in wake of El Paso shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 And of the 15 people who worked for Biscuits and Blues at the time it was shuttered, Suen said only one has yet to move on to other work. Justin Phillips,, "One of San Francisco’s last blues venues faces closure as it battles Jack in the Box," 3 Aug. 2019 More than 100 activists protested outside the Immigration Customs and Enforcement field office in downtown Atlanta on Monday, demanding that ICE and detention centers for unauthorized immigrants be shuttered. Jeremy Turley, ajc, "More than 100 protest outside Atlanta ICE field office," 15 July 2019 The property previously housed a chemical plant that was shuttered over 20 years ago. From News Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Planned warehouse to be biggest commercial building in Deer Park," 31 July 2019

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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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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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