shut off


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shut off block off the passage through "We shut off the valve"
    • v shut off isolate or separate "She was shut off from the friends"
    • v shut off stem the flow of "shut off the gas when you leave for a vacation"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: This sounds feasible, but isn't true! Crapper actually invented the automatic shut-off mechanism used in the modern toilet.
    • Shut off to exclude
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  • O. Henry
    O. Henry
    “What else can you expect from a town that's shut off from the world by the ocean on one side and New Jersey on the other?”
  • Rita Coolidge
    Rita Coolidge
    “Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.”


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


In literature:

It was hot, the wooded heights of the island shutting off the cool westerly.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Foe's splay claws grabbed him around the neck and clutched him like a vise, shutting off his last, startled squawk.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
Captain Craig had shut off his engine so its noise would not drown the words of those in the other boat.
"The Bobbsey Twins at the County Fair" by Laura Lee Hope
Now the moment war broke out this source of supply was shut off to both parties, for they blockaded each other.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
Water front, dock privileges, and a guaranty that no one shall build where it will shut off your view.
"The Stolen Singer" by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
Everything swam in the gray haze, which, settling across the water, shut off from view much of the land.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
His body shut off sight of whoever stood outside.
"Raw Gold" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
You'll find the third floor shut off; the rooms up there are Maxwell's, and no one goes in but him.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
The light in the cabin was suddenly shut off, and he realized that the porthole had been closed from the outside.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Timber shuts off the view toward its head.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke

In poetry:

'We shut the door, sat on the floor,
never made a sound
And to finish Off me birthday,
We had one each apiece all round.'
"Once each apiece all round" by Stanley Holloway
The light wind blowing off the land
Is burdened with old voices; through
Shut eyes I see how lip and hand
The greeting of old days renew.
""The Laurels"" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Archduchess Anne sat carved in frost,
Shut off from priest and spouse.
Her lips were locked, her arms were crossed,
Her eyes were in her brows.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
There, shut the world out!
How do you feel now, Ottima? There, curse
The world and all outside! Let us throw off
This mask: how do you bear yourself? Let's out
With all of it.
"Pippa Passes: Part I: Morning" by Robert Browning
"I look'd over at Nottman, but ere I could speak,
He shut off the steam, and with one wild shriek,
A whistle took to the air with a bound;
But the object ahead never stirr'd at the sound.
"Nottman" by Alexander Anderson
The cat's in the coffee, the wind's in the east,
He screams like a peacock and whines like a priest
And the saw of his voice makes my blood turn to mice
So let down your long hair and shut off his advice!
"A Nonsense Song" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

If it was up to me, I'd shut off the cable.
MVIC will shut off irrigation water on Wednesday.
The state also can order installation of automatic shut-off valves and monitor for leakage.
(KNSI) A Minnesota grocery chain says Twinkies and other Hostess snacks are flying off the shelves as the manufacturer shuts down.
Shut off your computer and review your day.
Water to be shut off in Meadow Lake subdivision in Slidell.
An elderly Weslaco woman's water could be shut off, even though she paid her water bill ten days early.
Pay bills or water will be shut off .
The council voted recently that the city can shut off residents' water service if they do not pay other outstanding bills relating to ordinance violations.
02 Chevy Malibu's engine light won't shut off .
Michael Vick assured reporters Wednesday that there will be no more Twitter outbursts about him or the Philadelphia Eagles from his brother, saying he told his brother Marcus to " shut off the Twitter.".
The city of Mitchell announced this afternoon that water will be shut off in the 700 and 800 blocks of East Ash Avenue to fix a water-main break.
The water is expected to be shut off until about 7 p.m. Staff, The Daily Republic.
This has allowed cities to shut off water to vacant homes, reducing property damage and helping neighborhoods.
Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), hoping to stem property damage caused by electricity to vacant homes being turned off, has convened a working group to expand the statutory shut-off notification requirements.

In science:

Solution: Must set a strict standard when the calculations must be shut off based upon anomalous growth of the wavenumbers near the cutoff.
Computational Euler History
After the differential rotation shuts off at t = 20, the DGI initially spreads through the shell as transient axial flows increase, occupying 39 % of the volume at t = 22.
Transitions between turbulent and laminar superfluid vorticity states in the outer core of a neutron star
After decay, when the ratio ρq /ρd is small, the source term shuts off and dark-matter modes that enter the horizon undergo the standard growing evolution.
Charged-particle decay and suppression of small-scale power
To read it you’ll have to turn the TV off, sit down, shut up and get to work.
Review of "Garden of integrals"
The current trip was designed to shut off the module immediately if activated.
Characterisation of the VELO High Voltage System