Pronunciation: (shut),[key] —v.,shut, shut•ting, —adj., n.
—v.t. 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.
—v.i. 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.
—adj. 1. closed; fastened up: a shut door. 2. Phonet.checked.
3. shut of,Informal.free of; rid of: He wished he were shut of all his debts.
—n. 1. the act or time of shutting or closing.
2. the line where two pieces of welded metal are united.