shut-in


shut-in
/shut"in'/, adj.
1. confined to one's home, a hospital, etc., as from illness.
2. Psychiatry. disposed to desire solitude; withdrawn; asocial.
3. (of an oil or gas well) temporarily sealed up.
n.
4. a person confined by infirmity or disease to the house, a hospital, etc.
5. Also called shut-in well. an oil or gas well that has been closed down.
[1840-50, Amer.; adj., n. use of v. phrase shut in]

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