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 for shutting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shut \Shut\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shut; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Shutting.] [OE. shutten, schutten, shetten, schitten, AS.
     scyttan to shut or lock up (akin to D. schutten, G.
     sch["u]tzen to protect), properly, to fasten with a bolt or
     bar shot across, fr. AS. sce['o]tan to shoot. [root]159. See
     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.
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     2. To forbid entrance into; to prohibit; to bar; as, to shut
        the ports of a country by a blockade.
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              Shall that be shut to man which to the beast
              Is open?                              --Milton.
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     3. To preclude; to exclude; to bar out. "Shut from every
        shore." --Dryden.
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     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.
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     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
     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.
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                  Before faith came, we were kept under the law,
                  shut up unto the faith which should afterwards
                  be revealed.                      --Gal. iii.
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        (d) To end; to terminate; to conclude.
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                  When the scene of life is shut up, the slave
                  will be above his master if he has acted better.
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        (e) To unite, as two pieces of metal by welding.
        (f) To cause to become silent by authority, argument, or
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of closing something [syn: shutting, closing]
           [ant: opening]

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