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 Not only did the IPO markets shutter, but companies with junk bond ratings were briefly shut out of the capital markets. Matt Egan, CNN, "Risky deals boomed during the bull market. Now some are blowing up," 29 June 2020 Students who take face-to-face classes will do so until Nov. 24, when the campus will break for Thanksgiving and shutter until spring, Frederick said. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, "Howard University to bring students back in fall for a mix of in-person and online classes," 25 June 2020 Economic and social distancing constraints forced these sites to shutter, according to the findings of the city’s largest hunger-relief organization, Food Bank for New York City. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Queens, residents become the coronavirus safety net," 22 June 2020 Sure, some of the more out-there options—like my levitation selfie above—are easier to do with a DSLR camera, a remote shutter release, and a tripod. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Take better selfies with these lighting and angle tips," 17 June 2020 These sample shots are a little underexposed for our liking, but the ease of tapping on the display to set the focal point near or far, as well as the speed of the shutter, was a welcome experience. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "We’ve only spent a few hours with Sony’s ZV-1, but it shows a ton of potential," 19 June 2020 Smartphone sales plunged 20% in the first quarter from a year earlier, the sharpest decline on record, according to market tracker Gartner, as the global pandemic forced wireless carriers to shutter stores worldwide. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Cheaper 5G phones are on the way. Here’s how much they’ll cost," 17 June 2020 Disbanding death row has been on the agency’s radar since 2016 when a prominent prison reform group recommended that Oregon shutter the unit to lessen the potential psychological harms associated with long-term segregation. oregonlive, "Christian Longo, other killers now in general population as Oregon’s death row clears out," 17 June 2020 Tap the photo shutter button at the bottom of the screen to complete the scan. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Apple Notes could do," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, Denver and Brooklyn have had to temporarily shutter their training facilities because multiple players have tested positive for the virus. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Mavs approach first workout day, season restart with ‘excitement’ rather than trepidation," 1 July 2020 The system has paid out nearly $7 billion in benefits to nearly 1.4 million Ohioans since businesses began to shutter because of the pandemic. cleveland, "Workers, advocates push state Senate to pass bill aimed at improving Ohio’s ‘broken’ unemployment system," 30 June 2020 The tech giant will shutter more than 79 of its 83 stores worldwide, retaining only those in New York, London, Sydney and on its Redmond, Wash., campus. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, "Microsoft will close nearly all of its retail stores," 26 June 2020 Despite skyrocketing numbers of new cases in states like Texas, Arizona and Florida, state officials are reluctant to shutter stores, businesses, and enforce stay-at-home mandates. Fox News, "Countries across world reimpose restrictions due to coronavirus spikes as US remains adamant about avoiding 2nd lockdown," 24 June 2020 The first Bay Area restaurant to shutter because of an employee testing positive for COVID-19 was San Francisco’s South Park Cafe in March before shelter-in-place. Janelle Bitker,, "The Buckeye Roadhouse closes after employees test positive for COVID-19," 23 June 2020 As many as 25,000 stores could shutter in 2020 due to COVID-19 impact JCPenney store closings 2020:Going out of business sales set to begin at 154 closing stores. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Looking to buy a car? Hertz is selling thousands of used cars in its fleet in bankruptcy at bargain prices," 14 June 2020 And another wave of infections means that states could revive their lockdown orders—meaning campgrounds, dealerships, and factories would have to shutter, again reducing both supply and demand. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "RVs may be an antidote to cabin fever for many Americans this summer," 14 June 2020 The union has already asked GM to shutter the facility for 14 days and do a deep cleaning after five people tested positive for coronavirus. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM declines request to shut down plant as cases of coronavirus grow, union says," 12 June 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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4 Jul 2020

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“Shutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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