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  • v. To stop or turn off by closing something (such as a valve).

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  • v. stem the flow of
  • v. isolate or separate
  • v. block off the passage through


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  • Sandell quickly shut off his air conditioner to avoid sucking any noxious fumes into the cab.

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  • A sheet of paper coated with barium platinocyanide was fluorescing, even though it was shut off from the tube.

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  • Squinting against the array of floodlights lighting up the dooryard like high noon, Maddy swung the truck in a wide circle, stopped it right beside the porch steps, and shut off the engine.

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  • In the dualism of the Gnostic theories, on the other hand, the world is shut off from the supreme god, Bythos, who has nothing directly to do with human affairs before or after the incarnation.

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  • She stood looking at me for a long moment, and then walked over and shut off the Digimatte.

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  • What would it be like to be touched by Mr. Halliday? she found herself wondering a few moments later, totally unable to shut off her mind and address herself to sleep.

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  • For several minutes the race continued and then abruptly the Varmint II shut off part of her power and speedily dropped behind.

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  • Voltage applied to the heat source activated a highly accurate timer which shut off the current when the tail “flicked” or passed between the heat source and a photocell.

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  • “He loves visitors,” Mrs. K said behind her hand to Geof and to me, as she moved aside and then closed the door and shut off the snowy world outside.

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  • “I can shut off the misery I see here on a daily basis by looking at this job as an athletic competition and shut out the hell and the havoc,” Bob Strunck told me.

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