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

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 And any one mode of transportation that’s not a car cannot compete with a car. Shared electric bikes, scooters, walking, ride-hailing, buses, light rail, specialized shuttles, trains, or subways cannot do it alone. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Will Uber and Lyft Become Different Things?," 7 June 2018 This is an easy, low-cost run, includes a shuttle, with just enough Class II and III rapids to provide youngsters with a taste of exhilaration. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rafters launch stellar season for rivers, water sports," 13 May 2018 Currently, these off-site shuttles - for Park Place, Park 'N Fly, hotels, limos and other companies - pay an annual fee of $550 to pick up and drop off passengers at the airport. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Hopkins airport seeks fee increase on off-site parking, hotel shuttles to fund capital improvements," 18 Apr. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Today the 20-year-old schedules his own trips, using either a VIA bus, VIAtrans shuttle, taxi or Uber service. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Young San Antonians find independence with public transportation," 2 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The couple goes back and forth between Aldovia and New York, much like Meghan and Harry shuttled between Toronto and London during their dating phase. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All the Meghan Markle References in A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding," 1 Dec. 2018 For the next four years, Plekan’s life consisted of shuttling between the hospital and her new home at St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center, at 4401 Haverford Ave. in West Philadelphia. Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philly.com, "'I'm not angry,' says Mariya Plekan, 5 years after losing legs in Salvation Army building collapse," 1 June 2018 These chewable tablets offer a fruity (if somewhat bitter), naturally caffeinated boost to get you through a long day of shuttling between gates and hailing rickshaws. Outside Online, "The Best Travel Accessories of 2018," 15 May 2018 Dan McFaul, Miller's former chief of staff who stays in regular contact with him, says his former boss is happy these days shuttling between Washington and his home in Chumuckla, Fl. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "With Ronny Jackson out, former congressman Jeff Miller emerges as possible pick for VA secretary," 30 Apr. 2018 Leslie Basalla-McCafferty and Brian McCafferty ran the bus for attendees, which meant hours of shuttling between the Cleveland Marriott Downtown and more than a dozen Cleveland breweries. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Goldhorn Brewery, Ohio Brewing Co., Barn Talk Hops, Haus Malts - news bubbles up at craft-beer convention," 1 Feb. 2018 Georgios Papagiannis Instead of shuttling Jackson and Papagiannis between here and Reno, Divac will keep them with the Kings and monitor their progress for the duration of the season. Ailene Voisin, sacbee, "It’s proving time for the Kings’ youth. Here’s what will make or break them," 22 Jan. 2018 SpaceX: The Crew Dragon, for shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station, will get its first test launch on January 7th. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Why so many people think Elon Musk is a hero — or a villain," 30 Nov. 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 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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