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shut   WordNet 2.0

- move so that an opening or passage is obstructed

- make shut
"Close the door"
"shut the window"

 
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- become closed
"The windows closed with a loud bang"

 
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- 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"

 
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- not open
"the door slammed shut"

 
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- used especially of mouth or eyes
"he sat quietly with closed eyes"
"his eyes were shut against the sunlight"

 
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Shut   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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

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

"Shall that be shut to man which to the beast Is open?" -- Milton.

3. To preclude; to exclude; to bar out. "Shut from every shore." Dryden.

4. 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.

To shut in
(a) To inclose; to confine. "The Lord shut him in." Cen. vii. 16. (b) To cover or intercept the view of; as, one point shuts in another.

To shut off
(a) To exclude. (b) To prevent the passage of, as steam through a pipe, or water through a flume, by closing a cock, valve, or gate.

To shut out
to preclude from entering; to deny admission to; to exclude; as, to shut out rain by a tight roof.

To shut together
to unite; to close, especially to close by welding.

To shut up
(a) To close; to make fast the entrances into; as, to shut up a house. (b) To obstruct. "Dangerous rocks shut up the passage." Sir W. Raleigh. (c) To inclose; to confine; to imprison; to fasten in; as, to shut up a prisoner.

"Before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed." -- Gal. iii. 23.

(d) To end; to terminate; to conclude.

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

(e) To unite, as two pieces of metal by welding. (f) To cause to become silent by authority, argument, or force.

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

To shut up
to cease speaking. [Colloq.] T. Hughes.

 
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1. Closed or fastened; as, a shut door.

2. Rid; clear; free; as, to get shut of a person. [Now dialectical or local, Eng. & U.S.] L'Estrange.

3. (Phon.) (a) 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. H. Sweet. (b) Cut off sharply and abruptly by a following consonant in the same syllable, as the English short vowels, ă, &ebreve;, &ibreve;, &obreve;, ŭ, always are.

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

"Just then returned at shut of evening flowers." -- Milton.

2. A door or cover; a shutter. [Obs.] Sir I. Newton.

3. The line or place where two pieces of metal are united by welding.

Cold shut
the imperfection in a casting caused by the flowing of liquid metal upon partially chilled metal; also, the imperfect weld in a forging caused by the inadequate heat of one surface under working.

 
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