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shutter (plural shutters)

  1. One who shuts or closes something.
    • 1980, Max Scheler, Manfred S. Frings (translator), Problems of a Sociology of Knowledge
      the openers and shutters of the sluices we believe are basic to the history of mind
    • 1958, Blackwood's Magazine
      The volunteers consisted of a ringmaster, two experienced young cattlemen to grade the cattle, gate-openers and shutters []
  2. (usually in the plural) Protective panels, usually wooden, placed over windows to block out the light.
  3. (photography) The part of a camera, normally closed, that opens for a controlled period of time to let light in when taking a picture.

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  • Japanese: シャッター (shattā)



shutter (third-person singular simple present shutters, present participle shuttering, simple past and past participle shuttered)

  1. (transitive) To close shutters covering.
    Shutter the windows: there's a storm coming!
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To close up (a building) for a prolonged period of inoccupancy.
    It took all day to shutter the cabin now that the season has ended.
  3. (transitive) To cancel or terminate.
    The US is seeking to get Iran to shutter its nuclear weapons program.
    • 2015, Henry Bial, Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage (page 3)
      After some additional legal wrangling, Morse, exhausted and out of money, withdrew his remaining appeals and shuttered the production in April 1883.

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