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shuttle

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noun shut·tle \ˈshə-təl\

Simple Definition of shuttle

  • : 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

  1. 1a :  a device used in weaving for passing the thread of the weft between the threads of the warpb :  a spindle-shaped device holding the thread in tatting, knotting, or nettingc :  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

  2. 2 :  shuttlecock

  3. 3a :  a going back and forth regularly over an often short route by a vehicleb (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


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shuttle

verb shut·tle

Simple Definition of shuttle

  • : to travel back and forth between places

  • : to bring (people) back and forth between places

Full Definition of shuttle

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to move or travel back and forth frequently

  3. 2 :  to transport in, by, or as if by a shuttle <shuttled them to school>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to move or travel back and forth frequently

  6. 2 :  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.



1550

First Known Use of shuttle

1550



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