AskDefine | Define shutter

Dictionary Definition



1 a mechanical device on a camera that opens and closes to control the time of a photographic exposure
2 a hinged blind for a window v : close with shutters; "We shuttered the window to keep the house cool"

User Contributed Dictionary




shutter (Plural: shutters)
  1. Protective panels, usually wooden, placed over windows to block out the light.
  2. The part of a camera that opens for a controlled period of time to let light in during taking a picture.


protective panels over windows
part of a camera


  1. To close the shutters.
    Shutter the windows, there's a storm coming!
  2. To close up a building for a prolonged period of inoccupancy.
    It took all day to shutter the cabin now that the season has ended.

Extensive Definition

Shutter may refer to:
  • Shutter (photography), a photographic device that administers the exposure by limiting the time over which light is admitted
  • Movie projector shutter, used to interrupt the emitted light during the time the film is advanced to the next frame
  • Stage lighting shutter, used to modify the light cast by a theatre light
  • A device used to manipulate pulses of light in a signal lamp
  • Swell shutter, a flap used to control the flow of air through the pipes in a pipe organ
shutter in German: Shutter
shutter in Indonesian: Shutter
shutter in Italian: Otturatore
shutter in Simple English: Shutter
shutter in Thai: ชัตเตอร์
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