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

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

The cartel hired families with U.S. citizenship to shuttle between Texas and Mexico in cars loaded with drugs and cash. Katie Honan, WSJ, "U.S. Jury Convicts Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ After Three-Month Trial," 12 Feb. 2019 With Saru saved and the ship restored, Pike and Burnham set new coordinates for Spock's shuttle. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 In cities across the country, driverless shuttles popped up on college campuses or along tourist corridors, making slow but important trips at around 20 mph. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 In sum, here's the short list: the doorman, bellman, valet, food and beverage staff, shuttle drivers, housekeepers, and concierge staff. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Are You Tipping Enough During Your Hotel Stay?," 12 Dec. 2018 Both companies have been tapped by NASA to provide passenger spacecraft for the agency to shuttle astronauts from American soil to the International Space Station, with the first test flights scheduled for next year. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Elon Musk won’t be smoking weed in public again, NASA admin says," 30 Nov. 2018 Others were put to work scanning documents or driving shuttles to carry families from the intake center to the hotel, or the hotel to the airport. Dara Lind, Vox, "Americans are stepping up to show reunited migrant families there’s more to their country than Trump," 26 July 2018 She was arrested in February 2016 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport at a bus shuttle system with a GPS device still strapped on her ankle. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "'Serial Stowaway' deemed fit to stand trial, must wear ankle monitor, judge rules," 19 July 2018 Thanks to recent changes to the collective bargaining agreement, players can compete for traditional roster spots or two-way contracts, which allow two players per team to shuttle between the G League and NBA. Malika Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "Donte Ingram is showcasing his game for Bulls' Summer League team while looking for his next gig," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As an allied military campaign has ratcheted up, Mr. Khalilzad has shuttled between Qatar, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan to jump-start a peace process. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Trump Orders Big Troop Reduction in Afghanistan," 20 Dec. 2018 Both players have shuttled to and from Triple-A this season. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres activate Solarte, Hedges; Blash, Quackenbush optioned," 30 July 2017 From there, they were shuttled to the public viewing at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where Bush and husband George H.W. Bush reguarly attended services while living in Houston. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Hundreds pay tribute in Houston to former first lady Barbara Bush during public repose," 20 Apr. 2018 Image When the plane arrives from New Delhi, it is met by employees from Amazon’s local delivery partner, Incredible Himalaya, who then shuttle the packages by van to a modest warehouse nearby. New York Times, "Delivering Amazon Packages to the Top of the World," 2 July 2018 About 4,000 south Louisiana oysters were prepared and shuttled tray by tray to a table laden with hot sauce, beer and other drinks. Fox News, "Man eats 480 oysters to win World Oyster Eating Championship," 6 June 2018 Lyft might have an eye on a future where fleets of autonomous vehicles shuttle people around. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Lyft Will Spend $100 Million on Club Houses and Career Services to Keep Its Drivers Happy," 23 May 2018 There will be free parking and shuttles all weekend. 3-11 p.m. Friday, May 18; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 19; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Shelia Poole, ajc, "Things to do in and around Atlanta this weekend," 18 May 2018 Here's a quick breakdown: The parking and shuttling operation at the Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, has been expanded. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "How to maximize your Kentucky Derby 2018 experience without breaking the bank," 4 Apr. 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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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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