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.
- shut·ter·less, adjective
- un·shut·tered, adjective
- shudder, shutter
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How to use shutter in a sentence
A boy wearing a face mask with the TikTok logo uses a mobile phone outside the downed shutters of a shop in Mumbai, India.It’ll Take More Than 15 Seconds to Rebuild Virality | Pallabi Munsi | December 2, 2020 | Ozy
Photographer Frank Deschandol built a high-speed shutter out of an old hard drive because his camera’s own shutter would have been too slow to capture the moment.Check out the breathtaking winners of the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest | Rachael Zisk | October 20, 2020 | Popular-Science
When the cycle starts, the shutters on the top of the box are closed, which allows the reservoir that contains the muscle to fill with water vapor.Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Environmentalism - Issue 90: Something Green | Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay | October 7, 2020 | Nautilus
The moisture causes the muscles to relax, which opens the shutters.Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Environmentalism - Issue 90: Something Green | Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay | October 7, 2020 | Nautilus
When the coronavirus pandemic prompted Nasdaq’s operations to shutter offices earlier this year, it was not a completely unfamiliar scenario for staff.We are entering a golden age for borderless, global teams | Jackie Bischof | September 27, 2020 | Quartz
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? | Charlotte Lytton | October 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So she heard the shutter click and said ‘Oh no’ and came jogging over at me.
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 | Josh Rogin | June 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Chloë Ashby | February 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Blockbuster, which will soon shutter completely, was perhaps the most maddening retail chain ever.R.I.P. Blockbuster, You Frustratingly Magical Franchise, You | Kevin Fallon | November 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A very thin vacuum shutter forms a better interrupter of sound waves than a brick wall two or three feet in thickness.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
She partly opened the wooden shutter again and pointed to an upper story of the opposite building.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
And once Mother Oriole found, caught in the shutter, little threads of Hepzebiah's hair.Seven O'Clock Stories | Robert Gordon Anderson
The umpire's first decision was usually his last; they broke him in two with a bat, and his friends toted him home on a shutter.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The next instant the click of the shutter in the camera announced that the prize was secure.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail | Arthur R. Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for shutter
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
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