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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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 Like the Mini 90, the 1-pound 11 has a ton of features, such as its ability to automatically sets the optimal shutter speed in any environment, providing the perfect exposure to any picture. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Thursday," 15 Oct. 2020 Should Buffalo shutter gifted education because of its racial inequity? NBC News, "America's gifted education programs have a race problem. Can it be fixed?," 14 Oct. 2020 Still, no slow shutter issues or issues with the camera app opening like on the Surface Duo. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Samsung gets closer to foldable perfection with the Z Fold 2, but it’ll cost you," 11 Sep. 2020 Oil and chemical facilities located along the Texas and Louisiana coasts are racing to shutter plants as Hurricane Laura settles on a course to rip through the nation’s energy corridor this week. Barbara J Powell,, "Gulf Coast Refineries Rush to Shutter Plants As Laura Nears," 29 Aug. 2020 Some states moved quickly to shutter bars early in the pandemic for months or longer, keeping them entirely closed or open only under very strict conditions. Anchorage Daily News, "Potentially deadly mix: How bars are fueling coronavirus outbreaks," 25 Aug. 2020 Even accounting for the shutter slowdown that followed in the pandemic, that’s still a lot of memories. Washington Post, "There’s never been a better time to organize your travel photos. Here’s how.," 1 Oct. 2020 There is a Pro Mode to give the videographer control over aperture, shutter speed, microphone placement, zoom speed, auto focus, exposure compensation and white balance. Dallas News, "First Look: Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G Ultra," 13 Aug. 2020 Yet in hindsight, decisions to shutter team headquarters for months, stage a virtual draft and cancel the preseason provided the foundation for this chance for a season. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Can the NFL pull off a complete season with specter of COVID-19 looming?," 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One legacy that was completely unplanned: the show is a rare piece of live theater available to audiences in a world that has seen Broadway and other stages shutter until at least May 2021 due to a global pandemic. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "What the Constitution Means to Me," 15 Oct. 2020 In June, nearby Delaware beach towns ordered bars to shutter after an uptick in COVID-19 cases tied to lifeguards, bar employees and senior week-ers. Christine Condon,, "How did Ocean City fare during a summer of coronavirus? A look back at an unusual season for Maryland’s beach town.," 15 Oct. 2020 In March, under city mandates, owner Alexi Minko was forced to temporarily shutter his bar and soon began to run out of money. NBC News, "Black-owned gay bars are dwindling. Can they survive Covid?," 27 Sep. 2020 Two months after announcing plans to close 200 stores nationwide, or 21% of its locations, Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. has revealed the locations of the first 63 stores that will shutter by the end of 2020. Jordan Erb, The Indianapolis Star, "4 Indiana Bed Bath & Beyond stores to close this year," 22 Sep. 2020 Stores at Jordan Landing in West Jordan (7142 S. Plaza Center Drive) and in Layton (2159 Harris Blvd.) are on a list of 63 stores in 29 states the company will shutter by the end of 2020. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Two more Bed, Bath and Beyond stores in Utah are closing," 21 Sep. 2020 Two Alabama stores are among 63 Bed Bath & Beyond locations closing as part of a wave of shutdowns that will eventually shutter up to 200 stores. Leada Gore |, al, "Bed Bath & Beyond closing 200 stores; 2 Alabama locations among 63 first to close," 21 Sep. 2020 Bed, Bath & Beyond has revealed the first 63 stores that will shutter amid the coronavirus. Michael James, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: Almost 200,000 people have died in the US; Trump's vaccine timeline at odds with CDC; European cases on the rise," 19 Sep. 2020 Citing national security concerns, Trump said TikTok’s owner ByteDance, based in China, needed to sell the app or shutter its U.S. operations. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "TikTok users react to proposed Oracle deal: What’s Oracle?," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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20 Oct 2020

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“Shutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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