- a solid or louvered movable cover for a window.
- a movable cover, slide, etc., for an opening.
- a person or thing that shuts.
- Photography. a mechanical device for opening and closing the aperture of a camera lens to expose film or the like.
- to close or provide with shutters: She shuttered the windows.
- to close (a store or business operations) for the day or permanently.
- to close or close down: The factory has shuttered temporarily.
Origin of shutter
Examples from the Web for shuttering
Amid the rising violence, the United Nations has evacuated staff and Turkey announced Friday it was shuttering its embassy.U.S. Diplomats and Marines Close Embassy and Flee Libya Fighting
July 27, 2014
Speaking with intensity, the president pledged to rededicate himself to the challenge of shuttering the prison.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance
December 12, 2013
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) countered that shuttering the facility would endanger the lives of Americans.Obama Administration Skips First Senate Hearing on Gitmo in Five Years
July 25, 2013
By the time Congress put restrictions on shuttering the prison in the 2010 defense bill in late 2009, the door was closed.How Obama Bungled the Guantánamo Closing
May 24, 2013
Shuttering them allowed headquarters to make the balance sheet more efficient.Romney Attacks Obama Over ‘Public’ Equity Job Slashing
May 29, 2012
These instructions were based upon the Australian book and embodied the very simple form of shuttering there recommended.
The shuttering must be easily disengaged and removed from the wall, one side at a time.
Three pieces of shuttering, FFF, 20 ft. long, were then nailed to the bottom of the soldiers.Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vol. LXVIII, Sept. 1910
James H. Brace, Francis Mason and S. H. Woodard
In a moment she was in the room, and he was closing and shuttering the window with fevered haste.The Lamp in the Desert
Ethel M. Dell
- another word (esp Brit) for formwork
- a hinged doorlike cover, often louvred and usually one of a pair, for closing off a window
- put up the shutters to close business at the end of the day or permanently
- photog an opaque shield in a camera that, when tripped, admits light to expose the film or plate for a predetermined period, usually a fraction of a second. It is either built into the lens system or lies in the focal plane of the lens (focal-plane shutter)
- photog a rotating device in a film projector that permits an image to be projected onto the screen only when the film is momentarily stationary
- music one of the louvred covers over the mouths of organ pipes, operated by the swell pedal
- a person or thing that shuts
- to close with or as if with a shutter or shutters
- to equip with a shutter or shutters
Word Origin and History for shuttering
1540s, "one who shuts" (see shut (v.)); meaning "movable wooden or iron screen for a window" is from 1680s. Photographic sense of "device for opening and closing the aperture of a lens" is from 1862.
1826, from shutter (n.). Related: Shuttered; shuttering.