What does Shut mean?

Definitions for Shut

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Shut.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shut, unopen, closedadjective

    not open

    "the door slammed shut"

  2. closed, shutverb

    used especially of mouth or eyes

    "he sat quietly with closed eyes"; "his eyes were shut against the sunlight"

  3. close, shutverb

    move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut

    "Close the door"; "shut the window"

  4. close, shutverb

    become closed

    "The windows closed with a loud bang"

  5. exclude, keep out, shut out, shutverb

    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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shutnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I sought him round his palace, made enquiry
    Of all the slaves: but had for answer,
    That since the shut of evening none had seen him. Dryden.

    The wind gun is charged by the forcible compression of air, the imprisoned air serving, by the help of little falls or shuts within, to stop the vents by which it was admitted. John Wilkins.

    In a very dark chamber, at a round hole, about one third part of an inch broad, made in the shut of a window, I placed a glass prism. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    There were no shuts or stopples made for the animal’s ears, that any loud noise might awaken it. John Ray, Creation.

  2. Shutparticipial adjective.

    Rid; clear; free.

    We must not pray in one breath to find a thief, and in the next to get shut of him. Roger L'Estrange.

  3. To Shutverb

    preterite, I shut; part. passive, shut.

    Etymology: scittan , Saxon; schutten, Dutch.

    Kings shall shut their mouths at him. Isaiah lii. 15.

    To a strong tower fled all the men and women, and shut it to them, and gat them up to the top. Judges ix. 1.

    We see more exquisitely with one eye shut than with both open; for that the spirits visual unite more, and become stronger. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    She open’d, but to shut
    Excell’d her pow’r; the gates wide open stood. John Milton.

    Before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith, which should afterwards be revealed. Gal. iii.

    They went in male and female of all flesh; and the Lord shut him in. Gen. vii. 16.

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

    On various seas, not only lost,
    But shut from ev’ry shoar, and barr’d from ev’ry coast. Dryd.

    Harden not thy heart,nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother. Deut. xv. 7.

    Beat in the reed,
    The juster you drive it to shut off the rain. Thomas Tusser, Husb.

    In such a night
    To shut me out? pour on I will endure. William Shakespeare.

    Wisdom at one entrance quite shut out. John Milton.

    He in his walls confin’d,
    Shut out the woes which he too well divin’d. John Dryden, Æn.

    Sometimes the mind fixes itself with so much earnestness on the contemplation of some objects, that it shuts out all other thoughts. John Locke.

    Thou hast known my soul in adversities; and not shut me up into the hand of the enemy. Psalms xxxi. 8.

    Woe unto you scribes; for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men. Matth. xxiii. 13.

    Dangerous rocks shut up the passage. Walter Raleigh.

    What barbarous customs!
    Shut up a desart shore to drowning men,
    And drive us to the cruel seas. John Dryden, Æneid.

    A loss at sea, a fit of sickness, are trifles, when we consider whole families put to the sword, wretches shut up in dungeons. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    His mother shut up half the rooms in the house, in which her husband or son had died. Addison.

    Lucullus, with a great fleet, shut up Mithridates in Pitany. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    The king’s a-bed,
    He is shut up in measureless content. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Altho’ he was patiently heard as he delivered his embassage; yet, in the shutting up of all, he received no more but an insolent answer. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    To leave you blest, I would be more accurst,
    Than death can make me; for death ends our woes,
    And the kind grave shuts up the mournful scene. Dryden.

    When the scene of life is shut up, the slave will be above his master, if he has acted better. Jeremy Collier, of Envy.

  4. To Shutverb

    To be closed; to close itself.


  1. shut

    To close something, often a door or window, firmly or completely. It can also refer to ceasing or stopping operations or activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shut

    of Shut

  2. Shutverb

    to close so as to hinder ingress or egress; as, to shut a door or a gate; to shut one's eyes or mouth

  3. Shutverb

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

  4. Shutverb

    to preclude; to exclude; to bar out

  5. Shutverb

    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

  6. Shutverb

    to close itself; to become closed; as, the door shuts; it shuts hard

  7. Shutadjective

    closed or fastened; as, a shut door

  8. Shutadjective

    rid; clear; free; as, to get shut of a person

  9. Shutadjective

    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

  10. Shutadjective

    cut off sharply and abruptly by a following consonant in the same syllable, as the English short vowels, /, /, /, /, /, always are

  11. Shutnoun

    the act or time of shutting; close; as, the shut of a door

  12. Shutnoun

    a door or cover; a shutter

  13. Shutnoun

    the line or place where two pieces of metal are united by welding

  14. Etymology: [OE. shutten, schutten, shetten, schitten, AS. scyttan to shut or lock up (akin to D. schutten, G. schtzen to protect), properly, to fasten with a bolt or bar shot across, fr. AS. scetan to shoot. 159. See Shoot.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shut

    shut, v.t. to close, as a door: to forbid entrance into: to contract, close, or bring together the parts of: to confine: to catch in the act of shutting something.—v.i. to close itself: to be closed.—pr.p. shut′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. shut.—p.adj. made fast, closed: not resonant, dull: formed by closing the mouth and nose passages completely, said of consonants, as t, d, p: having the sound cut off sharply by a succeeding consonant, as the i in pin, &c.: freed from (with of).—ns. Shut′down, a discontinuance of work in a factory, &c.; Shut′ter, one who, or that which, shuts: a close cover for a window or aperture: (phot.) a device for opening and closing a lens.—v.t. to cover with shutters.—n. Shut′ter-dam, a form of movable dam having large gates opened and closed by a turbine.—Shut down, to stop working; Shut in, to enclose, to confine: to settle down, or fall (said, e.g., of evening); Shut off, to exclude; Shut out, to prevent from entering; Shut up, to close, to confine: (coll.) to cease speaking, to make one do so, to make it impossible to answer. [A.S. scyttan, to bar—sceótan, to shoot.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Shut' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2722

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Shut' in Written Corpus Frequency: #770

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Shut' in Verbs Frequency: #395

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shut in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shut in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Shut in a Sentence

  1. Sophie Schmidt:

    I just remember it being a very tough match, new Zealand shut us down, didnt give us an inch. And Im expecting similar from them, that theyre going to be fighting, not giving up on anything, dangerous, and were going to have to be at our best and put in a good performance to get a result.

  2. Hank Johnson:

    The Trump document case is an open-and-shut case and should proceed without delay to a final and just resolution, there remains much we do n’t know about the Biden document discoveries, and The Trump document case’s too early to reach any conclusions. I am confident, however, that the process has begun to ensure that we get to the truth, and that justice will be done.

  3. Lightfootsaid Chicago police:

    If you host a party, promote a party, or go to a party, we are not playing games. We mean business, and we will shut this down one way or another, the time for educating people into compliance is over. Dont be stupid. Were watching you, and were going to take decisive action.

  4. Bill Shuster:

    Sequesters, furloughs, and shut-downs seem to lurk around every corner. We have to re-inject stability into how we fund aviation.

  5. Williie Goodwin:

    That is going to be sustaining our communities, i can't shut the door on them and say, 'No offshore and no mining'.

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