shutoff

or shut-off

[ shuht-awf, -of ]
/ ˈʃʌtˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun

an object or device that shuts (something) off: the automatic shutoff on a heater.
an act or instance of shutting off something, as an opening, a flow, or a service: a shutoff of electric power due to unpaid bills.

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Origin of shutoff

First recorded in 1865–70; noun use of verb phrase shut off

Definition for shut-off (2 of 2)

Origin of shut

before 1000; Middle English s(c)hutten, s(c)hetten, s(c)hitten Old English scyttan “to bolt (a door)”; akin to shoot1

SYNONYMS FOR shut

ANTONYMS FOR shut

1 open.

synonym study for shut

1. See close.

OTHER WORDS FROM shut

half-shut, adjectivere·shut, verb, re·shut, re·shut·ting.un·shut, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shut-off (1 of 2)

shut-off

noun

a device that shuts something off, esp a machine control
a stoppage or cessation

verb shut off (tr, adverb)

to stem the flow of
to block off the passage through
to isolate or separate

British Dictionary definitions for shut-off (2 of 2)

shut
/ (ʃʌt) /

verb shuts, shutting or shut

adjective

closed or fastened

noun

Word Origin for shut

Old English scyttan; related to Old Frisian sketta to shut in, Middle Dutch schutten to obstruct
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Idioms and Phrases with shut-off

shut

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