Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A device that shuts something off.
  • n. A stoppage; a cessation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A valve used to turn off something.
  • n. The act of turning off something.

Etymologies

From shut ("close") + off (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Outdoor water efficiency measures employed: smart irrigation control, rain shutoff, soil moisture sensors, climate-compatible landscaping.

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  • Although other neighboring countries had had similar problems with Ukraine, the shutoff was a PR disaster for Gazprom, which had enjoyed a long-standing reputation as a reliable supplier of natural gas, through pipelines in Ukraine, to Europe.

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  • It took me two days to do three "simple" jobs ... installing a shutoff valve behind a gas stove, replacing/fixing a tub faucet stem, and capping a sump pump.

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  • The gas shutoff valve had the wrong size ends and i and a friend had to run to and from the home improvement store 3 or 4 times to find and test the right parts.

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  • Equally important, the government succeeded in flushing out Al-Shabaab's human intelligence out of the unregulated national telecom industry, and disrupted or shutoff their propaganda radio stations.

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  • Pister, an emeritus engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said "the rush to add automatic shutoff valves willy nilly is an ill-conceived response to this incident" because it could end up disrupting gas supplies and not improving safety.

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  • Have financial difficulties led to the shutoff of electric service to your home?

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  • A: Sometimes a small amount of fuel will slosh out of the fuel-filler tube before the gas pump's automatic shutoff kicks in, and it can produce enough fumes to be smelly for a while.

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  • Some dads have to shutoff their childrens gameset to get them off the couch to take them fishing.

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  • "The people waiting out in the cold now are seeking emergency help to prevent an eviction or a utility shutoff or to meet other basic needs, or they have been told to come to the centers for an appointment or to submit a document," said Pat Bath, a spokeswoman for the Legal Aid Society, which provides legal services to low-income New Yorkers.

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