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shutter

[shuht-er] /ˈʃʌt ər/
noun
1.
a solid or louvered movable cover for a window.
2.
a movable cover, slide, etc., for an opening.
3.
a person or thing that shuts.
4.
Photography. a mechanical device for opening and closing the aperture of a camera lens to expose film or the like.
verb (used with object)
5.
to close or provide with shutters:
She shuttered the windows.
6.
to close (a store or business operations) for the day or permanently.
verb (used without object)
7.
to close or close down:
The factory has shuttered temporarily.
Origin of shutter
1535-1545
First recorded in 1535-45; shut + -er1
Related forms
shutterless, adjective
unshuttered, adjective
Can be confused
shudder, shutter.
Synonym Study
1. See curtain.
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Examples from the Web for shutters
Contemporary Examples
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  • To be let light your fire myself every morning, and open your shutters, dear.

  • But all the doors and shutters were closed and no smoke rose from any chimney.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Physician had opened the shutters of one window while waiting, that he might see the light.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The Venetian shutters often had to be lowered in the summer to attenuate the great heat.

  • The shutters were thrown athwart the reflected beam of sunlight.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • It was ten minutes past six, sir, and I was opening the shutters.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for shutters

shutter

/ˈʃʌtə/
noun
1.
a hinged doorlike cover, often louvred and usually one of a pair, for closing off a window
2.
put up the shutters, to close business at the end of the day or permanently
3.
(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)
4.
(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
5.
(music) one of the louvred covers over the mouths of organ pipes, operated by the swell pedal
6.
a person or thing that shuts
verb (transitive)
7.
to close with or as if with a shutter or shutters
8.
to equip with a shutter or shutters
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shutters

shutter

n.

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.

shutter

v.

1826, from shutter (n.). Related: Shuttered; shuttering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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