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scuttle

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noun scut·tle \ˈskə-təl\

Definition of scuttle

  1. 1 :  a shallow open basket for carrying something (as grain or garden produce)

  2. 2 :  a metal pail that usually has a bail and a sloped lip and is used especially for carrying coal



Origin of scuttle

Middle English scutel, from Latin scutella drinking bowl, tray, diminutive of scutra platter


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with scuttle


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scuttle

noun scut·tle

Definition of scuttle

  1. 1 :  a small opening in a wall or roof furnished with a lid: asa :  a small opening or hatchway in the deck of a ship large enough to admit a person and with a lid for covering itb :  a small hole in the side or bottom of a ship fitted with a covering or glazed

  2. 2 :  a covering that closes a scuttle



Origin of scuttle

Middle English skottell lid of a scuttle


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Nautical Terms


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scuttle

transitive verb, scut·tle

Definition of scuttle

scuttledscuttling play \ˈskət-liŋ, ˈskə-təl-iŋ\

  1. 1 :  to cut a hole through the bottom, deck, or side of (a ship); specifically :  to sink or attempt to sink by making holes through the bottom

  2. 2 :  destroy, wreck; also :  scrap 2



1642

First Known Use of scuttle

1642

Other Nautical Terms


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scuttle

noun scut·tle

Definition of scuttle

  1. 1 :  a quick shuffling pace

  2. 2 :  a short swift run



Origin of scuttle

perhaps blend of scud and shuttle


First Known Use: 1623


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scuttle

intransitive verb, scut·tle

Definition of scuttle

scuttledscuttling play \ˈskət-liŋ, ˈskə-təl-iŋ\

  1. :  scurry



1657

First Known Use of scuttle

1657


SCUTTLE Defined for Kids

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scuttle

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verb scut·tle \ˈskə-təl\

Definition of scuttle for Students

scuttledscuttling

  1. :  to run rapidly from view <A large gray rat scuttled around the corner of the house … — Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time>




2

scuttle

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noun scut·tle

Definition of scuttle for Students

  1. :  a pail or bucket for carrying coal




3

scuttle

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noun scut·tle

Definition of scuttle for Students

  1. :  a small opening with a lid or cover (as in the deck of a ship)




4

scuttle

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verb scut·tle

Definition of scuttle for Students

scuttledscuttling

  1. :  to sink (a ship) by cutting holes through the bottom or sides





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