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


shuttled; shuttling\ ˈshət-​liŋ How to pronounce shuttle (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

Other Words from shuttle


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Apart from accommodating the approximately 400 employees already on site, Tesla also issued special certificates and set up shuttle bus services for staff living in residential compounds outside the facility to join them. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 18 Apr. 2022 In contrast to familiar airport shuttle services, Landline integrates with major carriers in the same fashion that regional airlines do, shooting for a seamless customer experience. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Limited available parking has race organizers urging fans to make use of shuttle bus services from Anchorage and Wasilla. Anchorage Daily News, 5 Mar. 2022 Branch said the site outside the loop seems too far to comfortably walk and would require shuttle services. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 24 Feb. 2022 Traffic is expected to be beyond snarled, with SoFi Stadium offering four shuttle services for fans who park off-site. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2022 The North Park Place lot will only have drop-off and pick-up shuttle services on the A-side of the North Terminal. Martin E. Comas,, 6 Feb. 2022 This outfitter rents canoes and kayaks and provides shuttle services to and from put-ins on the river. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 The American Bus Association is seeking $6 billion for its members, including companies that provide airport shuttle services, tours, charters and school bus transportation. Brody Mullins, WSJ, 16 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Up until last year, Brian House and Adult Vocational Programs didn’t have any hard assets of their own, outside of the furniture in the homes and the vans that are used to shuttle residents around. Andrew Brown, Hartford Courant, 24 Apr. 2022 Sin allegedly sent Ubers to the boy’s house to pick him up and shuttle him to her location. Fox News, 17 Apr. 2022 Cristóvão Lopes owns a 170-room hotel in the southern region of the Algarve, which attracts sun seekers who shuttle in on inexpensive flights from Northern Europe. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, 13 June 2021 This includes the net-zero boat that will shuttle guests sans emissions to and from the remote destination. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2022 The indictment says that Ficklin, 49, of Cleveland Heights, and David Gomez-Orrantia, 41, a Mexican national, worked to shuttle the cocaine into the city and the money out. John Caniglia, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2022 Mercenaries tend to shuttle from one conflict zone to another. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 This week, several truck drivers who shuttle vegetables from mainland China to Hong Kong tested positive, causing delivery disruptions and slashing the city’s vegetable supply to one-third of its normal amount on Monday (Feb. 7). Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, 9 Feb. 2022 For now, residents will continue to shuttle in and out of the area through the snowmachine trail to pick up supplies and go to school or work. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shuttle


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


1550, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for shuttle


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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10 May 2022

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“Shuttle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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


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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