- 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 shutter
Do they really not look around them when they hit the shutter, or is it all part of a ploy to attract more attention?Selfie Hall of Shame: Is Anywhere Safe From Sick Snaps?
October 11, 2014
So she heard the shutter click and said ‘Oh no’ and came jogging over at me.Anthony Cumia: ‘I Have No Regrets’
July 9, 2014
In his 2014 State of the Union address, Obama promised to shutter the prison built on Cuban soil by the end of the year.Bergdahl Deal Could Be First Step to Emptying Gitmo
June 2, 2014
Is it too corny to think of Bailey capturing love with the click of a shutter?David Bailey’s ‘Stardust’ Shows a Keen Eye for Fine Faces
February 8, 2014
But to shutter Gitmo, he will need Congress to work with him.All In on Gitmo: Obama Returns to Fight for a Shutdown
May 23, 2013
I went up to the window and looked in through a chink in the shutter.
The shutter had not been made fast, and I could see the banqueters and catch what they were saying.
The shutter was sharply drawn back from her eyes, and she saw Ruffo.A Spirit in Prison
This made the room dark and gloomy, especially since one shutter was stuck shut.L'Assommoir
Felicite, enraged, was beating a tattoo on the shutter with her impatient fingers.The Fortune of the Rougons
- 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 shutter
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.