from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move (a door or lid, for example) so as to block passage through an opening.
  • intransitive verb To fasten with a lock, catch, or latch.
  • intransitive verb To block entrance to or exit from; close.
  • intransitive verb To confine in a closed space.
  • intransitive verb To exclude from a closed space.
  • intransitive verb To fold up or bring together the parts of.
  • intransitive verb To cause to stop operating.
  • intransitive verb To move or become moved so as to block passage; close.
  • intransitive verb To stop operating, especially automatically.
  • noun The act or time of shutting.
  • noun The line of connection between welded pieces of metal.
  • idiom (shut (one's) eyes to) To refuse to consider or acknowledge.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Made fast or close; closed; inclosed. See shut, verb
  • Not resonant or sonorous; dull: said of sound.
  • In orthoëpy, having the sound suddenly interrupted or stopped by a succeeding consonant, as the i in pit or the o in got.
  • Separated, precluded, or hindered; hence, free; clear; rid: followed by of: used chiefly in such phrases as to get shut of, to be shut of. Also shet.
  • noun The grayling Thymallus vulgaris. Day.
  • To shoot, as the bar or bolt or other fastening of a door or gate, or of a chest, etc.; push to; adjust in position so as to serve as a fastening.
  • To make fast by means of a bolt, bar, or the like; hence, in later use, to close, with or without fastening; place in or over a place of entrance so as to obstruct passage in or out: as, to shut a door, gate, lid, cover, etc.: often followed by down, to, or up.
  • To prevent passage through; cover; obstruct; block: sometimes followed by up.
  • To close the entrance of; prevent access to or egress from: as, to shut a house; to shut a box; to shut one's ears: often followed by up.
  • To bring together the parts of.
  • To fold or bring together; bring into narrow compass from a state of expansion: as, to shut a parasol; to shut a book.
  • To bar or lock in; hence, to confine; hem in; inclose; environ; surround or cover more or less completely: now always followed by a preposition or an adverb, as in, into, among, up, down, etc.
  • To bar out; separate by barriers; put or keep out; exclude, either literally or figuratively; preclude: followed by an adverb or a preposition denoting separation.
  • To catch and pinch or hold fast by the act of shutting something: as, to shut one's fingers or one's dress in a door; to shut one's glove in a window.
  • To do; manage.
  • To weld (iron). Halliwell. See to shut up , and shutting, n.
  • To reduce to inaction or silence, especially the latter.
  • To unite, as two pieces of metal by welding.
  • To be a means of bolting, locking, or closing.
  • To close itself; be closed: as, the door shuts of itself; certain flowers shut at night and open in the day.
  • To be extravagant.
  • To desist; leave off; especially, to stop talking.
  • In sporting, to give out, as one horse when challenged by another in a race.
  • noun The act of shutting, in any sense of the word.
  • noun The time of shutting.
  • noun That which shuts, closes, or covers; a shutter.
  • noun The point or line of shutting; specifically, the line where two pieces of metal are united by welding.
  • noun A riddance.
  • noun An imperfect welding in a forging, caused by the inadequate heat of one surface under working.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To close itself; to become closed
  • intransitive verb [Colloq.] to cease speaking.
  • transitive verb To close so as to hinder ingress or egress


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

[Middle English shutten, from Old English scyttan; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Variation of chute or shute (archaic, related to shoot) from Old English scēotan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English shutten, shetten, from Old English scyttan ("to cause rapid movement, shoot a bolt, shut, bolt, shut to, discharge a debt, pay off"), from Proto-Germanic *skutjanan, *skuttjanan (“to bar, bolt”), from Proto-Germanic *skuttan, *skuttjō (“bar, bolt, shed”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keud- (“to drive, fall upon, rush”). Cognate with Dutch schutten ("to shut in, lock up"), German schützen ("to shut out, dam, protect, guard"), Albanian skuth ("a mean and deceitful person").


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