Shut
Shut Shut, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shut}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shutting}.] [OE. shutten, schutten, shetten, schitten, AS. scyttan to shut or lock up (akin to D. schutten, G. sch["u]tzen to protect), properly, to fasten with a bolt or bar shot across, fr. AS. sce['o]tan to shoot. [root]159. See {Shoot}.] 1. To close so as to hinder ingress or egress; as, to shut a door or a gate; to shut one's eyes or mouth. [1913 Webster]

2. To forbid entrance into; to prohibit; to bar; as, to shut the ports of a country by a blockade. [1913 Webster]

Shall that be shut to man which to the beast Is open? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To preclude; to exclude; to bar out. ``Shut from every shore.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To fold together; to close over, as the fingers; to close by bringing the parts together; as, to shut the hand; to shut a book. [1913 Webster]

{To shut in}. (a) To inclose; to confine. ``The Lord shut him in.'' --Cen. vii. 16. (b) To cover or intercept the view of; as, one point shuts in another.

{To shut off}. (a) To exclude. (b) To prevent the passage of, as steam through a pipe, or water through a flume, by closing a cock, valve, or gate.

{To shut out}, to preclude from entering; to deny admission to; to exclude; as, to shut out rain by a tight roof.

{To shut together}, to unite; to close, especially to close by welding.

{To shut up}. (a) To close; to make fast the entrances into; as, to shut up a house. (b) To obstruct. ``Dangerous rocks shut up the passage.'' --Sir W. Raleigh. (c) To inclose; to confine; to imprison; to fasten in; as, to shut up a prisoner. [1913 Webster]

Before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. --Gal. iii. 23. [1913 Webster] (d) To end; to terminate; to conclude. [1913 Webster]

When the scene of life is shut up, the slave will be above his master if he has acted better. --Collier. [1913 Webster] (e) To unite, as two pieces of metal by welding. (f) To cause to become silent by authority, argument, or force. [1913 Webster]


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  • Shut — Shut, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shut}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shutting}.] [OE. shutten, schutten, shetten, schitten, AS. scyttan to shut or lock up (akin to D. schutten, G. sch[ u]tzen to protect), properly, to fasten with a bolt or bar shot across, fr. AS …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shut — [ʆʌt] verb shut PTandPP shutting PRESPART [intransitive, transitive] 1. also shut down COMMERCE if a company, factory etc shuts or is shut, it stops operating permanently; =close down …   Financial and business terms

  • shut — /shut/, v., shut, shutting, adj., n. v.t. 1. to put (a door, cover, etc.) in position to close or obstruct. 2. to close the doors of (often fol. by up): to shut up a shop for the night. 3. to close (something) by bringing together or folding its… …   Universalium

  • shut — ► VERB (shutting; past and past part. shut) 1) move into position to block an opening. 2) (shut in/out) confine or exclude by closing something such as a door. 3) fold or bring together the sides or parts of. 4) chiefly Brit. make or become… …   English terms dictionary

  • shut — [shut] vt. shut, shutting [ME (W Midland) schutten < OE scyttan < base of sceotan, to cast: see SHOOT] 1. a) to move (a door, window, lid, etc.) into a position that closes the opening to which it is fitted b) to fasten (a door, etc.)… …   English World dictionary

  • shut — (v.) O.E. scyttan to put in place so as to fasten a door or gate, from W.Gmc. *skutjanan (Cf. O.Fris. schetta, M.Du. schutten to shut, shut up, obstruct ), from P.Gmc. *skut project (see SHOOT (Cf. shoot)). Meaning to close by folding or bringing …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shut — Shut, n. The act or time of shutting; close; as, the shut of a door. [1913 Webster] Just then returned at shut of evening flowers. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. A door or cover; a shutter. [Obs.] Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] 3. The line or place… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shut — may refer to the following*Shut Up, a interjection used to get somebody to stop talking *Shutdown *Shut eye, refers to sleep *Shut Out *Shut in …   Wikipedia

  • Shut — Shut, a. 1. Closed or fastened; as, a shut door. [1913 Webster] 2. Rid; clear; free; as, to get shut of a person. [Now dialectical or local, Eng. & U.S.] L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 3. (Phon.) (a) Formed by complete closure of the mouth passage,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shut — Shut, v. i. To close itself; to become closed; as, the door shuts; it shuts hard. [1913 Webster] {To shut up}, to cease speaking. [Colloq.] T. Hughes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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