Pronunciation: (shut), [key]
—v., shut, shut•ting,
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 parts: Shut your book. Shut the window!
4. to confine; enclose: to shut a bird into a cage.
5. to bar; exclude: They shut him from their circle.
6. to cause (a business, factory, store, etc.) to end or suspend operations: He shut his store, sold his house, and moved away. We're shutting the office for two weeks in June.
7. to bolt; bar.
1. to become shut or closed; close.
2. shut down,
a. to settle over so as to envelop or darken: The fog shut down rapidly.
b. to close, esp. temporarily, as a factory; cease manufacturing or business operations.
c. Also,shut down on or upon. Informal.to hinder; check; stop.
3. shut in,
a. to enclose.
b. to confine, as from illness: She broke her leg in a fall and has been shut in for several weeks.
4. shut off,
a. to stop the passage of (water, traffic, electricity, etc.); close off.
b. to isolate; separate: an outpost almost completely shut off from civilization.
5. shut out,
a. to keep from entering; exclude.
b. to hide from view.
c. to prevent (an opponent or opposing team) from scoring, as in a game of baseball.
6. shut up,
a. to imprison; confine.
b. to close entirely.
c. to stop talking; become silent: I thought the neighbors would never shut up and let me sleep.
d. to stop (someone) from talking; silence.
1. closed; fastened up: a shut door.
3. shut of, Informal.free of; rid of: He wished he were shut of all his debts.
1. the act or time of shutting or closing.
2. the line where two pieces of welded metal are united.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.