Origin of shutoff
verb (used with object), shut, shut·ting.
verb (used without object), shut, shut·ting.
- to close, especially temporarily; end or suspend operations, services, or business activity.
- to stop operating or stop the operation of (a machine): Did you remember to shut down your computer?
- Also shut down on/upon.Informal.to hinder; check; stop from doing or saying something: He appeared on the talk show to shut down his critics.
- Informal.to defeat or outdo:The team was able to shut down the offense.
- to settle over so as to envelop or darken: The fog shut down rapidly.
- to enclose.
- to confine, as from illness: She broke her leg in a fall and has been shut in for several weeks.
- to stop the passage of (water, traffic, electricity, etc.); close off.
- to isolate; separate: an outpost almost completely shut off from civilization.
- to keep from entering; exclude.
- to hide from view.
- to prevent (an opponent or opposing team) from scoring, as in a game of baseball.
- to imprison; confine.
- to close entirely.
- to stop talking; become silent: I thought the neighbors would never shut up and let me sleep.
- to stop (someone) from talking; silence.
Origin of shut
Synonyms for shut
Antonyms for shut
Examples from the Web for shut-off
Contemporary Examples of shut-off
But the shut-off proved to be short lived and by 2002 Pakistan was already providing sanctuary for Mullah Omar.A Shady Taliban Capture
August 24, 2010
Historical Examples of shut-off
It has no shut-off control, and if it did have, I wouldn't use it.The Black Star Passes
John W Campbell
The float may then be adjusted to a shut-off position for the inlet valve.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
The shut-off valve at the top of the device is interposed between the sediment cup and the carburetor.Aviation Engines
Victor Wilfred Pag
Evans sealed the turbine from the rest of the steam system by closing the shut-off valves.All Day September
He knew every inch of plumbing; where every shut-off, valve, ventilator, and stopcock was located.Walter and the Wireless
Sara Ware Bassett
verb shut off (tr, adverb)
verb shuts, shutting or shut
- to refuse to think about
- to render impossible
Word Origin for shut
Old English scyttan "to put (a bolt) in place so as to fasten a door or gate, bolt, shut to; discharge, pay off," from West Germanic *skutjan (cf. Old Frisian schetta, Middle Dutch schutten "to shut, shut up, obstruct"), from PIE *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw" (see shoot (v.)). Related: Shutting.
Meaning "to close by folding or bringing together" is from mid-14c. Meaning "prevent ingress and egress" is from mid-14c. Sense of "to set (someone) free (from)" (c.1500) is obsolete except in dialectal phrases such as to get shut of. To shut (one's) mouth "desist from speaking" is recorded from mid-14c.
In addition to the idioms beginning with shut
- shut down
- shut off
- shut one's eyes to
- shut out
- shut the door
- shut up
- close (shut) down
- close (shut) one's eyes to
- close (shut) the door on
- keep one's mouth shut
- open and shut case
- put up or shut up