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[shuht-er] /ˈʃʌt ər/
a solid or louvered movable cover for a window.
a movable cover, slide, etc., for an opening.
a person or thing that shuts.
Photography. a mechanical device for opening and closing the aperture of a camera lens to expose film or the like.
verb (used with object)
to close or provide with shutters:
She shuttered the windows.
to close (a store or business operations) for the day or permanently.
verb (used without object)
to close or close down:
The factory has shuttered temporarily.
1535-45; shut + -er1
Related forms
shutterless, adjective
unshuttered, adjective
Can be confused
shudder, shutter.
1. See curtain. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shuttered
  • But there was much more to those tiny shuttered creatures than anyone suspected.
  • Rising seniors will be able to complete the program before it is shuttered.
  • The shuttered eyelid gracing the cover of this slim book invites readers to enter a silent realm.
  • Along with other expenses, editorial budgets must retract until they are rational or the publication will be shuttered.
  • The country has banned automobiles on alternate days, halted construction projects, and even shuttered factories.
  • Hundreds of monasteries were shuttered or ransacked, and thousands of monks disappeared.
  • The country has shuttered many of its smallest and dirtiest coal plants.
  • The shop stalls in the tunnel were shuttered except for one window displaying mobile phones.
  • It is nearly midnight, and the local businesses have long been shuttered for the night.
  • Today many of the neighborhood's homes and shops are shuttered or abandoned, and its streets are empty.
British Dictionary definitions for shuttered


a hinged doorlike cover, often louvred and usually one of a pair, for closing off a window
put up the shutters, to close business at the end of the day or permanently
(photog) an opaque shield in a camera that, when tripped, admits light to expose the film or plate for a predetermined period, usually a fraction of a second. It is either built into the lens system or lies in the focal plane of the lens (focal-plane shutter)
(photog) a rotating device in a film projector that permits an image to be projected onto the screen only when the film is momentarily stationary
(music) one of the louvred covers over the mouths of organ pipes, operated by the swell pedal
a person or thing that shuts
verb (transitive)
to close with or as if with a shutter or shutters
to equip with a shutter or shutters
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Word Origin and History for shuttered



1540s, "one who shuts" (see shut (v.)); meaning "movable wooden or iron screen for a window" is from 1680s. Photographic sense of "device for opening and closing the aperture of a lens" is from 1862.


1826, from shutter (n.). Related: Shuttered; shuttering.

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Encyclopedia Article for shuttered


in photography, device by which the lens aperture of a camera is opened to admit light and thus expose the film. Adjustable shutters control exposure time, or the length of time during which light is admitted. Optimum exposure time varies according to lighting conditions, movement of subject, and other factors and may be either selected in advance by the photographer or, in the case of automatic cameras, set by the camera itself on a signal from a built-in exposure-metering system. The mechanical shutter can usually be set only for indicated speeds throughout its range; some electronic shutters have a continuous operating range

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