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

Rideshare/taxi drop-off with complimentary shuttle from Highland Park High School, 433 Vine Ave. in Highland Park. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Event guide: Constellation Senior Players Championship," 9 July 2018 Free shuttles from Poway City Hall Parking Lot, 13325 Civic Center Drive and Poway Adult School Parking lot, 13626 Twin Peaks Road. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fireworks, parades set to take off in North County," 2 July 2018 Free parking at and shuttle from St. Xavier High School. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Summer festivals guide 2018," 21 June 2018 Equipment rentals at Barber Park begin at 12 p.m., and the first shuttle from Ann Morrison Park back to Barber Park will depart at 1 p.m., officials said. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Grab your rafts, Boise. River float season starts this weekend.," 21 June 2018 The first morning shuttle Tuesday from the media hotel in Islandia, N.Y., took 2 ½ hours to go the 40 miles to Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "Traffic headaches could affect some at U.S. Open; players still iffy on new playoff format," 12 June 2018 The mayor also expressed concern about Boys & Girls Clubs participants, who take a shuttle from the club on East Bel Air Avenue to the swim center during the summer. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Coppermine Fieldhouse expresses interest in operating Aberdeen swim club," 8 May 2018 No more long waits The event was plagued by a number of issues last year, including hours-long waits for shuttles from the parking lot to Arcosanti and limited camping space. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "FORM Arcosanti returns May 11-13 with Chance the Rapper, Skrillex, Charli XCX," 7 May 2018 For the ceremony, guests were transported from the Andaz hotel to the venue in luxury shuttles. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Thai police set up satellite parking areas and shuttled volunteers — who came to number more than 9,000. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 At the University of Michigan, a driverless vehicle shuttles students around the campus. New York Times, "Trump’s Trade War With China Pierces the Heart of Michigan," 12 July 2018 Parking and shuttles No recreational vehicles of any kind are permitted in any parking locations without written permission from the parking lot business owner. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Red, White and Blue Ash: What you need to know before you go," 3 July 2018 This week, design and architecture disciples have shuttled to dozens of workshops and talks about visual culture. Andy Bosselman, San Francisco Chronicle, "As SF Design Week looks to future, William Stout offers old-school design discovery: books," 12 June 2018 Since the days of the Transcontinental Railroad, boxcars have shuttled all manner of goods. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "America’s Boxcar Pool Has a Leak in CSX," 10 June 2018 Five school buses will shuttle kids to class every day, and the extended hours will help accommodate single and working parents. Malika Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "Stay or go, LeBron James has made a new promise to his hometown schoolchildren," 8 June 2018 The ferry shuttled pioneers and later miners and tourists across the river until 1928, when a bridge was completed a short distance downstream. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Lees Ferry: Gateway to Grand Canyon rafting and the Colorado River," 9 July 2018 Brown spent 2½ months in custody, with U.S. marshals shuttling him between Los Angeles and the nation's capital for court hearings. CBS News, "Chris Brown arrested on felony battery charge after Florida concert," 6 July 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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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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