shuttle

noun
shut·​tle | \ ˈshə-tᵊl How to pronounce shuttle (audio) \

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

shuttle

verb
shuttled; shuttling\ ˈshət-​liŋ How to pronounce shuttling (audio) , 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

On Saturday afternoon, shuttle buses replaced subway service between Kenmore and Cleveland Circle on the C-Line, as well as Kenmore and Fenway on the D-Line, the MBTA said on its website. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "At least 10 people injured in Green Line derailment near Kenmore," 8 June 2019 By the time shuttle flights resumed two years later, plans for the space station were on life support. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "NASA Went to the Stock Exchange to Try to Sell the ISS," 7 June 2019 Getting to and from one destination is hardly ever a glamorous endeavor—let alone an enjoyable one—on a subway or shuttle bus. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "3,000 Flowers Turn This Train Into a Floral Paradise," 21 May 2019 The final shuttle flight, in 2011, left the flag behind in orbit to be claimed by the next crew to fly into space from U.S. soil. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 Columbus’s winning proposal included three self-driving shuttles, dubbed CMAX, meant to connect residents in underserved areas to jobs. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Autonomous shuttle tech gets test run in Ohio," 23 Oct. 2018 The large new rocket includes several heritage components from the shuttle, including its main engines. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Work begins on rocket engines for SLS flights a decade from now," 1 Aug. 2018 Free weekend shuttles transport beach-goers to Key Biscayne. David Lyons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "At 85 stories, Miami's Panorama Tower offers tenants stunning views, lofty monthly rents," 2 July 2018 Bike share: If your hotel offers bicycles or shuttles, use them. Jill K. Robinson, SFChronicle.com, "Going green: Can we travel the world without killing the planet?," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At least one lander will shuttle astronauts to the lunar surface. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Planned trips to moon could usher in space-based commerce," 8 June 2019 For 20 years, Hailu Mergia spent his days in a cab shuttling passengers to and from Dulles International Airport. Rudi Greenberg, Washington Post, "Keyboardist Hailu Mergia left behind his days as a superstar in Ethiopia. Then the world rediscovered his mind-blowing music.," 7 June 2019 Water taxis, one with a capacity of 400, will shuttle festival-goers along the bay between Wonderfront’s southern and northernmost stages. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wonderfront Festival will feature Ben Harper, Migos, MGMT, Miguel, Slightly Stoopid and 80-plus other acts," 3 June 2019 Trump flew down to Florida on Friday with his wife and son and spent the weekend shuttling between his Mar-a-Lago estate and his golf club. Christina Bellantoni, latimes.com, "The politics of the March for Our Lives events," 26 Mar. 2018 After the screening, everyone was shuttled from the theater to a venue decked out to resemble the sinister Continental Hotel. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Inside the World Premiere of John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum," 13 May 2019 The scandal arose over a truck that had shuttled around the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara with its macabre load in recent days, being chased out each time neighbors complained about the smell. Fox News, "Mexico fires morgue director in corpse scandal," 18 Sep. 2018 Previously, the miner had to shuttle nearly 100 drivers around these scrubby outlands to switch train drivers three times for each journey. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "American Railways Chug Toward Automation," 19 Jan. 2019 People from more than 30 nations were aboard, many of whom worked at the United Nations or humanitarian nongovernmental organizations that shuttle between Addis Ababa, home of the African Union headquarters,... Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Ethiopian Airlines Passengers Included Humanitarians and a Nigerian Literary Star," 11 Mar. 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce shuttle (audio) \

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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