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

Focal length 600 mm, shutter speed 1//2000, f/6.3, ISO 1000. Colin Diltz, The Seattle Times, "Reader’s Lens | A duck dancing on the water," 28 Nov. 2018 But there’s no shutter or slide to assuage the fears of those worried about hackers spying on them without their knowledge. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) hands on: HP's convertible notebook leaps to six cores," 23 Oct. 2018 Photo: FACEBOOK The Portal also comes with a physical shutter that goes over the camera. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "Facebook Launches Portal Video-Chat Devices for the Home," 8 Oct. 2018 When preparing for a hurricane, many people naturally think to stock up on bread and water, and perhaps put up shutters. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How to Protect Your Pet During Hurricane Florence," 11 Sep. 2018 So get ready for all your shutter-inducing, vomit-worthy, disgustingly satisfying dreams to come true. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Gross AF Pimple Popping Videos That Are Disgustingly Satisfying," 10 Sep. 2018 Shuffling off the water taxi, signs lead to a peach villa accented by teal shutters and magnificent bougainvillea. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This French Island Is the Nantucket of the Mediterranean," 16 Aug. 2018 No, this isn't as secure as a shutter mounted on the outside of the house. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Homeowner's Last-Minute Hurricane Prep Checklist," 25 Aug. 2017 Use wrap-around hinges to attach the shutter doors with the tilt rod facing out. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "How to Turn Shutters Into a Pretty Cabinet," 8 Aug. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But in June 2017, after Trump took office, DHS shuttered the program, without explanation. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s tent cities are an enormous waste of money. There are better options.," 2 Nov. 2018 Several years prior, the company shuttered a nearby Sears Paint and Appliance store. and of the two, that's the one that hit me like a ton of bricks. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Sears Declared Bankruptcy And I Already Miss It," 15 Oct. 2018 Theodore Rex Acclaimed chef Justin Yu shuttered Oxheart to open this effortlessly cool, simply decorated small-plates restaurant in its place. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 Unlicensed churches across the country have been shuttered. Paolo Bosonin, WSJ, "The Pope, the Party and the Cardinal: Catholicism in China," 25 Oct. 2018 The brothel was temporarily shuttered twice this year by regulators who said Hof failed to renew licenses and get proper permits for renovations. Michelle L. Price, The Seattle Times, "Nevada legal pimp, candidate, star of HBO series found dead," 17 Oct. 2018 The program was shuttered after the satellite downing, and ASAT never became a fully operational weapon. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s MiG-31 Spotted With Possible Anti-Satellite Missile," 1 Oct. 2018 Plans to build an underground Vietnam War education center near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington were shuttered Friday over fundraising issues related to the $130 million project. Fox News, "Plans for Vietnam War education center on National Mall shut down over funding concerns," 22 Sep. 2018 That group brought the race back to Belle Isle in 2007 and 2008, then the recession shuttered it, Cain said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Without Belle Isle, Grand Prix will have to leave metro Detroit," 12 July 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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