shuttle

noun
shut·​tle | \ˈshə-tᵊl \

Definition of shuttle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

3a : 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

shuttle

verb
shuttled; shuttling\ˈshət-​liŋ, ˈshə-​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of shuttle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to move or travel back and forth frequently

2 : to transport in, by, or as if by a shuttle shuttled them to school

intransitive verb

1 : to move or travel back and forth frequently

2 : to move by or as if by a shuttle

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Other Words from shuttle

Noun

shuttleless adjective

Examples of shuttle in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

We shuttled between the city and the country all summer. A bus shuttled people from the parking lot to the dock.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With its last shuttle flight seven years ago this month, NASA has been paying Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Marcia Dunn, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Report: NASA needs backup plan as U..S crew launches slip," 11 July 2018 Jones, 20, is a good bet to shuttle between the minors and the Ducks. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "Prospects for Kings, Ducks built tight bond on junior hockey squad," 6 July 2018 Diving lines have been laid to the boys’ location for other divers to shuttle in essential food, comforts and medical supplies. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'Life-or-death situation': Rescuers face huge obstacles to free Thailand soccer team from watery cave," 3 July 2018 There are designated parking lots with free shuttles. Annie Alleman, Naperville Sun, "Eyes to the Skies floats back to Lisle June 29-July 1," 21 June 2018 Monday-Tuesday parking is free at Farrington Field, with shuttle to and from the course main entrance. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "It's Colonial week. Here's the stellar field, how to park and other things to know | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 May 2018 Bornholm, Denmark This tiny island is marooned in the middle of the Baltic Sea, a 30-minute shuttle flight from Copenhagen, and feels like a Danish Nantucket. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Travel in June," 9 May 2018 Before the very first shuttle flight, NASA estimated that the chance of death was between 1 in 500 and 1 in 5,000. Christian Davenportrimmed, chicagotribune.com, "NASA advisers say SpaceX rocket technology could put lives at risk," 6 May 2018 Reagan National, which has the most East Coast shuttle flights of the three airports, was especially affected, with more than 200 flights already canceled. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Hundreds of flights canceled nationally, 13 in Portland, as nor'easter strikes East Coast," 2 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Customers were shuttled to Cultivate, the Leicester store, from a parking lot about a mile away as police kept a visible but low-key presence outside. Steven Senne, The Seattle Times, "Green Tuesday: Crowds line up at 1st East Coast pot shops," 20 Nov. 2018 Shooting victims are often shuttled to larger hospitals but some, like Cormer Children’s Hospital, have adapted their trauma centers to accommodate Chicago’s combat-zone like conditions. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Chicago's children caught in the crossfire: Alarming number of minors shot or killed in violence-plagued city," 31 Aug. 2018 From the age of two, Robert Danzig was shuttled from one foster home to the next in and around Albany, N.Y. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Robert Danzig Survived a Bleak Childhood and Rose to Lead Hearst Newspapers," 18 Aug. 2018 All the documents, which have to be certified by the authorities, are often shuttled by motorbike in Kenya for signatures. Laura Shin, New York Times, "Industries, Looking for Efficiency, Turn to Blockchains," 27 June 2018 Getting there: Ferries shuttle people to and from Hyannis and Harwich Port, Massachusetts, while the high-speed ferry Seastreak departs from New York City and New Jersey seasonally. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Lawrence was speaking from a quiet room in the house—having completed the bouncing and been shuttled inside—while her publicist simultaneously smiled warmly and struck a firm presence at the door. Molly Creeden, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Takes on Hollywood With the World’s Best ChapStick and This Perfume Obsession," 30 Aug. 2018 In just 12 minutes, 16-passenger pods traveling at speeds up to 150 mph would shuttle passengers between Block37, that empty train station constructed by Chicago’s Transit Authority for $400 million, and O’Hare International Airport. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Elon Musk’s Boring Company Wins a Big Boring Contract in Chicago," 14 June 2018 On Saturday, trains will begin shuttling passengers from Springfield to New Haven, with stops along the way in Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Businesses, Residents See Opportunity In New Rail Line," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of shuttle

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1550, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for shuttle

Noun

Middle English shittle, shutle, from Old English scutel, scytel dart; akin to Old Norse skutill bolt, Old English scēotan to shoot — more at shoot

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The first known use of shuttle was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for shuttle

shuttle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shuttle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

shuttle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shuttle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to travel back and forth between places

: to bring (people) back and forth between places

shuttle

noun
shut·​tle | \ˈshə-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of shuttle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an instrument used in weaving to carry the thread back and forth from side to side through the threads that run lengthwise

2 : a vehicle (as a bus or train) that goes back and forth over a short route

shuttle

verb
shuttled; shuttling

Kids Definition of shuttle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or bring back and forth rapidly or often The ferry shuttled travelers across the river.

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