noun shut·tle \ˈshə-təl\

: a vehicle that travels back and forth between places

: a pointed tool that is used to weave cloth by pulling a thread from side to side across other threads

Full Definition of SHUTTLE

a :  a device used in weaving for passing the thread of the weft between the threads of the warp
b :  a spindle-shaped device holding the thread in tatting, knotting, or netting
c :  a sliding thread holder for the lower thread of a sewing machine that carries the lower thread through a loop of the upper thread to make a stitch
a :  a going back and forth regularly over an often short route by a vehicle
b (1) :  an established route used in a shuttle
(2) :  a vehicle used in a shuttle <a shuttle bus>
c :  space shuttle
shut·tle·less adjective

Examples of SHUTTLE

  1. A shuttle takes people from the parking lot to the airport.

Origin of SHUTTLE

Middle English shittle, shutle, from Old English scutel, scytel dart; akin to Old Norse skutill bolt, Old English scēotan to shoot — more at shoot
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SHUTTLE



: to travel back and forth between places

: to bring (people) back and forth between places

shut·tledshut·tling \ˈshət-liŋ, ˈshə-təl-iŋ\

Full Definition of SHUTTLE

transitive verb
:  to cause to move or travel back and forth frequently
:  to transport in, by, or as if by a shuttle <shuttled them to school>
intransitive verb
:  to move or travel back and forth frequently
:  to move by or as if by a shuttle

Examples of SHUTTLE

  1. We shuttled between the city and the country all summer.
  2. A bus shuttled people from the parking lot to the dock.

First Known Use of SHUTTLE


Rhymes with SHUTTLE


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