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shutter 

A device that provides a means (mechanical or electro-optical) for letting a beam of light pass during a given length of time.
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The young woman in the street replied by a single tap, and the shutter was opened a little way.
You do not know the man at whose shutter you have just knocked?
Bonacieux knocked, as at the shutter, three light and regular taps.
My companion noiselessly closed the shutters, moved the lamp onto the table, and cast his eyes round the room.
The shutters cut off the least ray of light, and we waited in absolute darkness.
I observed, however, that the shutters of the fourth story were of the peculiar kind called by Parisian carpenters ferrades - a kind rarely employed at the present day, but frequently seen upon very old mansions at Lyons and Bourdeaux.
This idea, however simple it may now seem, escaped the police for the same reason that the breadth of the shutters escaped them - because, by the affair of the nails, their perceptions had been hermetically sealed against the possibility of the windows having ever been opened at all.
The fool-nigger had dropped everything, to throw the shutter open and let off that Martini-Henry.
Some- thing big appeared in the air before the shutter, the rifle went overboard, and the man stepped back swiftly, looked at me over his shoulder in an extraordinary, pro- found, familiar manner, and fell upon my feet.
Beware of opening the shutter, for fear of the light being seen through the window.
with a voice so full of anguish that the young man opposite closed the shutter.
We cannot take upon ourselves to say whether, through the almost imperceptible chink of the shutter, the young man witnessed the conclusion of this shocking scene; but at the very moment when they were hanging the two martyrs on the gibbet he passed through the terrible mob, which was too much absorbed in the task, so grateful to its taste, to take any notice of him, and thus he reached unobserved the Tol-Hek, which was still closed.