shut·​off | \ ˈshət-ˌȯf How to pronounce shutoff (audio) \

Definition of shutoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something (such as a valve) that shuts off

shut off

shut off; shutting off; shuts off

Definition of shut off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to close off : separate usually used with fromshut off from the rest of the world
2a : to cut off (a flow or passage) : stop shuts off the oxygen supply
b : to stop the operation of (something, such as a machine) shut the motor off

intransitive verb

: to cease operating : stop shuts off automatically

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Examples of shutoff in a Sentence

Noun the utility company threatened them with the shutoff of electricity if the bills weren't paid Verb threatened to shut off peace talks if the other side kept making unreasonable demands shut off the computer to save electricity
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The order took effect at 5 p.m. Monday and enables businesses to continue the sale of alcohol for off-site consumption after the 9 p.m. shutoff for on-site consumption. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Cooper signs order allowing carryout, delivery of mixed drinks," 22 Dec. 2020 Conveniently, there is an auto-shutoff feature that makes sure it’s not left on by mistake. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "25 thoughtful get-well-soon gifts to send to loved ones," 9 Dec. 2020 The planned shutoff is set to begin Sunday morning and will occur in stages. Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, "Authorities worry high winds, dry conditions will spread Northern California wildfires this weekend," 24 Oct. 2020 Likewise, the power on/off switch doubles as a fuel shutoff so it can’t be forgotten. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Portable Generators to Keep Your Home Running," 9 Dec. 2020 Just how many customers on alert will actually experience a shutoff depends on the weather, Netter said. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Power shutoffs hit Southern California as dangerous fire weather returns," 7 Dec. 2020 This heated blanket features an automatic shutoff feature that's comes in handy on the days when grandma forgets to turn it off. Micolette Davis, Chron, "The coziest blankets to buy your grandparents this year," 4 Dec. 2020 Public Safety Power Shutoff page, the area where the fire broke out was near the edge of an area that had been under threat of a shutoff, but the utility had not preemptively shut down electricity in that region when the blaze erupted. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Willow fire in Rancho San Diego erupted in ‘remarkably defensible spot’ despite high winds," 3 Dec. 2020 Schedule brewing times as well as change the strength of your brew and power on and off without fiddling with buttons, and operate worry-free thanks to its auto-shutoff function. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Unique kitchen appliances that will save you time and money," 24 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb San Diego Gas & Electric also shut off power to several hundred customers and said more than 31,000 could be affected. Los Angeles Times, "Power shutoffs hit Southern California amid red flag warnings," 23 Dec. 2020 In addition, some nursing homes shut off admissions in the spring, said Susan Craft, vice president of population health at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "Covid Spurs Families to Shun Nursing Homes, a Shift That Appears Long Lasting," 21 Dec. 2020 Power shutoffs expected Southern California Edison preemptively shut off power as of early Thursday to over 33,000 customers in Riverside, Los Angeles and nearby counties to minimize the threat of wildfire. Pedram Javaheri, CNN, "Southern California braces for extreme fire weather as preemptive power shutoffs begin," 3 Dec. 2020 When the North Complex fire pushed toward town on Sept. 9, PG&E had already shut off power to nearly 13,000 customers in Butte County as a precaution. Mallory Moench,, "‘People are soul tired’: 2 years after the Camp Fire destroyed Paradise, only a fraction of homes have been rebuilt," 8 Nov. 2020 The company had shut off power intentionally to customers in several counties during the past weekend, hoping to lessen the fire risk. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "Two firefighters critically injured in California wildfires as blazes threaten highly populated areas," 27 Oct. 2020 Pacific Gas & Electric, which supplies power to millions across Northern and Central California, had shut off electricity to 225,000 customers by Sunday night, said Mark Quinlan, the utility's incident commander. NBC News, "Hundreds of thousands lose power as Northern California braces for more wildfires," 26 Oct. 2020 Gas had been shut off in late September due to nonpayment, according to the notice. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "After dangerous code violations, Anchorage hotel abruptly shuts, leaving guests on the street," 10 Oct. 2020 Pacific Gas and Electric shut off the power for more than 170,000 homes and businesses as of Tuesday morning, the utility said. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Californians face new set of forced blackouts driven by wildfire risks," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of shutoff


1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of shutoff was in 1818

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29 Dec 2020

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“Shutoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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