shutter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shutter close with shutters "We shuttered the window to keep the house cool"
    • n shutter a hinged blind for a window
    • n shutter a mechanical device on a camera that opens and closes to control the time of a photographic exposure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "save" icon in Microsoft Office programs shows a floppy disk with the shutter on backwards.
    • Shutter (Photog) A mechanical device of various forms, attached to the aperture of a camera lens for opening and closing to expose the plate. It is usually designed so that the time during which the aperture is opened may be varied by a manual dial or by some automatic mechanism, thereby allowing proper exposure of a photographic film under different intensities of light.
    • Shutter A movable cover or screen for a window, designed to shut out the light, to obstruct the view, or to be of some strength as a defense; a blind.
    • Shutter A removable cover, or a gate, for closing an aperture of any kind, as for closing the passageway for molten iron from a ladle.
    • Shutter One who shuts or closes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Camera shutter speed "B" stands for bulb.
    • n shutter One who or that which shuts. A lid; a cover; a casing.
    • n shutter Hence, specifically— A frame or panel of wood or iron or other strong material used as a cover, usually for a window, in order to shut out the light, to prevent spectators from seeing the interior, or to serve as a protection for the aperture. There are inside and outside shutters. Inside shutters are usually in several hinged pieces which fold back into a recessed casing in the wall called a boxing. The principal piece is called the front shutter, and the auxiliary piece a back flap. Some shutters are arranged to be opened or closed by a sliding movement either horizontally or vertically, and others, particularly those for shops, are made in sections, so as to be entirely removable from the window. Shutters for shop-fronts are also made to roll up like curtains, to fold like Venetian blinds, etc.
    • n shutter In organ-building, one of the blinds of which the front of the swell-box is made. By means of a foot-lever or pedal the shutters of the box can be opened so as to let the sound out, or closed so as to deaden it.
    • n shutter That which closes or ends.
    • n shutter In photography, a device for opening and again closing a lens mechanically, in order to make an exposure, especially a so-called instantaneous exposure occupying a fraction of a second. The kinds of shutters are innumerable, the simplest being the drop or guillotine shutter, in which a thin perforated piece slides in grooves by gravity when released, so that the perforation in falling passes across the field of the lens. The more mechanically elaborate shutters are actuated by springs, and are commonly so arranged that the speed of the exposure can be regulated.
    • n shutter Evening.
    • shutter To provide or cover with shutters.
    • shutter To separate or hide by shutters.
    • n shutter In founding, a gate or movable partition designed to cut off the runner to a mold from the channel in which molten metal is flowing.
    • n shutter The name given by Inigo Jones, the architect, to the side scenes or slips which he used in his pomps and masques.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Shutter one who, or that which, shuts: a close cover for a window or aperture:
    • Shutter (phot.) a device for opening and closing a lens
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scyttan, to bar—sceótan, to shoot.

Usage

In literature:

We examined all the rooms, the doors and walls, the shutters and loopholes, and I was satisfied with the inspection.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
The fourth was of heavy timber, and contained a door and a shuttered window.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Build a little chamber and provide it with a door, windows, and window-shutters.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
But there we stop till next morning, when father unlocks the door at seven and Bart takes down the shutters.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
A shutter slammed sharply somewhere in the house above, and something stirred fearfully in the shadow of the room.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
The sun was slanting through the shutters.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
A strong wooden shutter alone closed it.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Benny, why haven't you taken off those back shutters?
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
The sun was gleaming in golden needles through the interstices of his window shutters.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
We noticed one where the doors and shutters were still in place, but rotting from the fantastic hinges that supported them.
"The Last American" by J. A. Mitchell
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In poetry:

The shutters are fast,
And the red curtains hide
Every hint of outside.
But hark, how the blast
Whistled then as it passed!
"Welcome Home" by Robert Fuller Murray
Close the door; the shutters close;
Or through the windows we shall see
The nakedness and vacancy
Of the dark deserted house.
"The Deserted House" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The horses, under the axletree
Beat up the dawn from Istria
With even feet. Her shuttered barge
Burned on the water all the day.
"Burbank With A Baedeker: Bleistein With A Cigar" by T S Eliot
I undid the shutter a week thence,
But not until after I'd turned
Did I call back his last departure
By the upland there discerned.
"The Death Of Regret" by Thomas Hardy
I opened my shutter at sunrise,
And looked at the hill hard by,
And I heartily grieved for the comrade
Who wandered up there to die.
"The Death Of Regret" by Thomas Hardy
Not in the street and not in the square,
The street and square where you went and came;
With shuttered casement your house stands bare,
Men hush their voice when they speak your name.
"The Sequel to a Reminiscence" by Amy Levy

In news:

Supervalu shuttered Sunflower Market, its minimalist-fresh format, last year.
Asahi Kasei To Shutter US Spandex Operation.
DNC again ties Mitt Romney to shuttered Kansas City steel plant .
Shuttered are locations in Meriden, Conn. Elgin and Schaumburg, Ill. And Ticonderoga N.Y.
The shuttle's Dean Street station closed for business just after midnight, the first subway station shuttered since 1962.
"The line starts behind the rope," a cashier announced as lunch-hour bargain-seekers bombarded the registers at Midtown's soon-to-be-shuttered Coliseum Books on Friday afternoon.
Leonardo DiCaprio played a 1950s-era cop in Shutter Island and a stealer of dreams in Inception.
Temporary Shutter Movin' On Up.
This is critical in keeping your camera still when using a shutter speed of 1/60 of a second or slower.
Summit Business Media Shutters Florida Underwriter Magazine.
Contra Costa supervisors are expected to vote today on whether to shutter four fire stations as part of a cost-saving plan to keep the county's fire district solvent.
The snack food maker is shuttering its factories, creating a selling frenzy on Amazon and eBay.
More details on Citronelle's shutter due to water damage.
Unemployment aid applications spiked a month ago after Sandy shuttered businesses in the Northeast.
Flint School District moving early childhood center to shuttered Summerfield Elementary.
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In science:

This shutter remains open for a very brief time interval, during which one photon escapes.
Complementarity in the Bohr-Einstein Photon Box
We should therefore expect that the box cannot possess both a definite value of its energy and a definite time at which the shutter opened.
Complementarity in the Bohr-Einstein Photon Box
However, in order to be able to say something about the photon, we have to calculate back to values of the relevant quantities at the time the shutter opened and the photon escaped.
Complementarity in the Bohr-Einstein Photon Box
In 2006 the total shutter-open time made up 50.3% of the clear science time.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
For under-subscribed programs (not enough targets to fill their TAC-allocated time), the program completion percentage is calculated from the completed versus requested shutter-open time at each priority.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
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