having or forming a boundary or barrier: He was blocked by a closed door.The house had a closed porch.
brought to a close; concluded: It was a closed incident with no repercussions.
not open to new ideas or arguments.
self-contained; independent or self-sufficient: a closed, symbiotic relationship.
Phonetics. (of a syllable) ending with a consonant or a consonant cluster, as has, hasp.: Compare open (def. 35b).
Linguistics. (of a class of items) limited in membership and not readily expanded to include new items, as the class of inflectional affixes, articles, pronouns, or auxiliaries (opposed to open, def. 36).
Hunting, Angling. restricted as to the kind of game that may be legally taken and as to where or when it may be taken: woods closed to deer hunters.
(of a set in which a combining operation between members of the set is defined) such that performing the operation between members of the set produces a member of the set, as multiplication in the set of integers.
(of an interval) containing both of its endpoints.
(of a map from one topological space to another) having the property that the image of a closed set is a closed set.
(of a curve) not having endpoints; enclosing an area.
(of a surface) enclosing a volume.
(of a function or operator) having as its graph a closed set.
- half-closed, adjective
- sem·i·closed, adjective
- well-closed, adjective
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How to use closed in a sentence
Doing business with so many different people is messy, and can’t always be boxed up neatly into a closed-system, automated process.This decade’s most important marketing question: What data rights do advertisers possess? | Kirk Williams | September 17, 2020 | Search Engine Land
That kind of closed-door session, where a head of the Civil Rights Division is secretly speaking about enforcement with partisan state officials, is unprecedented.No Democrats Allowed: A Conservative Lawyer Holds Secret Voter Fraud Meetings With State Election Officials | by Mike Spies, Jake Pearson and Jessica Huseman | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
Every few hours I found at least 10 traps with closed doors, and what followed was a crash course in mammal diversity.How to hunt for star-nosed moles (and their holes) | Kenneth Catania | September 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
Two of the country’s biggest markets, New York and Los Angeles, remain closed.The North American box office isn’t bouncing back that fast | radmarya | September 14, 2020 | Fortune
Choose between four different reclines—closed, half-closed, split back, and fully opened—that allow you to easily shift between snoozing and socializing time.Comfortable sofa beds for a peaceful night’s sleep | PopSci Commerce Team | September 11, 2020 | Popular-Science
He closed his eyes, imagining the virgins, imagining away the pain in his head and groin.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’ | Asawin Suebsaeng | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
closed courthouses, rogue clerks, and misleading statements from the attorney general as Florida welcomes same-sex marriage.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over | Jay Michaelson | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I wish I could be writing to you under better circumstances, but unfortunately those avenues have closed up.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen | Parker Molloy | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The FCC investigation recently closed its comment period on the Marriott case.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security | Kyle Chayka | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Though the bar closed soon after, a movement had been sparked, and when it reopened in 1990, history was revived.
And now I can recall that his eyes closed, and from his lips I caught a sigh, and then he rolled to the floor.
The next instant the door closed softly behind them, and she went out of his life as a wife forever.
He looked up through half closed eyes to see the Reverend standing over him.
And it might be a good idea for you to give your men a gentle hint to keep their mouths closed about this affair—all of it.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
The exchanges had closed in previous years, but never for the reasons which now controlled them.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for closed
blocked against entry; shut
not open to question or debate
(of a hunting season, etc) close
(of a curve or surface) completely enclosing an area or volume
(of a set) having members that can be produced by a specific operation on other members of the same set: the integers are a closed set under multiplication
Also: checked phonetics
denoting a syllable that ends in a consonant
another word for close 1 (def. 21)
not open to public entry or membership: the closed society of publishing
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