Definitions for: Shut

[adj] not open; "the door slammed shut"
[adj] used especially of mouth or eyes; "he sat quietly with closed eyes"; "his eyes were shut against the sunlight"
[v] move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut; "Close the door"; "shut the window"
[v] become closed; "The windows closed with a loud bang"
[v] prevent from entering; shut out; "The trees were shutting out all sunlight"; "This policy excludes people who have a criminal record from entering the country"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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
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.

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

Shall that be shut to man which to the beast Is
open? --Milton.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Shut, v. i.
To close itself; to become closed; as, the door shuts; it
shuts hard.

To shut up, to cease speaking. [Colloq.] --T. Hughes.

Shut, a.
1. Closed or fastened; as, a shut door.

2. Rid; clear; free; as, to get shut of a person. [Now
dialectical or local, Eng. & U.S.] --L'Estrange.

3. (Phon.)
(a) Formed by complete closure of the mouth passage, and
with the nose passage remaining closed; stopped, as
are the mute consonants, p, t, k, b, d, and hard g.
--H. Sweet.
(b) Cut off sharply and abruptly by a following consonant
in the same syllable, as the English short vowels,
[a^], [e^], [i^], [o^], [u^], always are.

Shut, n.
The act or time of shutting; close; as, the shut of a door.

Just then returned at shut of evening flowers.

2. A door or cover; a shutter. [Obs.] --Sir I. Newton.

3. The line or place where two pieces of metal are united by

Cold shut, the imperfection in a casting caused by the
flowing of liquid metal upon partially chilled metal;
also, the imperfect weld in a forging caused by the
inadequate heat of one surface under working.

Synonyms: blinking, close, closed, compressed, exclude, keep out, shut out, squinched, squinting, tight, unopen, winking

Antonyms: admit, include, let in, open, open, open up, opened, unfastened

See Also: bang, bung, change state, curse, draw, enclose, excommunicate, inclose, keep, lock, lock away, lock in, lock out, lock up, ostracise, ostracize, prevent, put away, seal, seal off, shut, shut away, shut in, shut up, shutter, slam, slat, snap, turn

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