SHUT, verb transitive pretand participle passive shut.
1. To close so as to hinder ingress or egress; as, to shut a door or gate; to shut the eyes or the mouth.
2. To prohibit; to bar; to forbid entrance into; as, to shut the ports of the kingdom by a blockade.
Shall that be shut to man, which to the beast
Is open? Milton.
3. To preclude; to exclude.
But shut from every shore. Dryden.
4. To close, as the fingers; to contract; as, to shut the hand.
To shut in, to inclose; to confine.
2. Spoken of points of land, when by the progress of a ship, one point is brought to cover or intercept the view of another. It is then said, we shut in such a point, we shut in the land; or one point shuts in another.
To shut out, to preclude from entering; to deny admission to; to exclude; as, to shut out rain by a tight roof. An interesting subject occupying the mind, shuts out all other thoughts.
To shut up, to close; to make fast the entrances into; as, to shut up a house.
2. To obstruct.
Dangerous rocks shut up the passage. Raleigh.
3. To confine; to imprison; to lock or fasten in; as, to shut up a prisoner.
4. To confine by legal or moral restraint.
Before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the faith, which should afterwards be revealed. Galatians 3:23.
5. 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.
SHUT, verb intransitive To close itself; to be closed. The door shuts of itself; it shuts hard. Certain flowers shut at night and open in the day.
SHUT, participle passive
1. Closed; having the entrance barred.
2. adjective Rid; clear; free.
1. Close; the act of closing; as the shut of a door; the shut of evening. [Little Used.]
2. A small door or cover; But shutter is more generally used.