shuttle

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noun

shut·​tle ˈshə-tᵊl How to pronounce shuttle (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
3
a
: 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
shuttleless adjective

shuttle

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verb

shuttled; shuttling ˈshət-liŋ How to pronounce shuttle (audio)
ˈshə-tᵊl-iŋ

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

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
Free bus shuttle service between stations will be provided until service resumes, the department said. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 In the last two years, free shuttles from the airport to the parks in Florida were eliminated and the once-free FastPass system was replaced by Genie+, which starts at $25 per day. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 The shuttle hardware is so big that there wasn't a way to get Endeavour inside the structure after it was already built. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2024 Everyone was helpful and pleasant from the airport, hotel and shuttle drivers to the stadium. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 The orbiter’s placement marks the first time a shuttle designed for space was assembled vertically outside of a NASA or Air Force facility. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 The cause of the disaster was found to be the failure of the primary and secondary redundant O-ring seals in a joint in the shuttle's right solid rocket booster (SRB). Brittany Kasko, Fox News, 28 Jan. 2024 Other options with free shuttle service to and from EWR include Hilton Newark Airport, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel. Harriet Baskas, Travel + Leisure, 2 Feb. 2024 The shuttle runs back and forth between the two Midtown hubs 18 hours a day. Kerry J. Byrne Fox News, Fox News, 2 Feb. 2024
Verb
Campers and cabin guests and gear are then shuttled by van to the campground a half-mile from the marina. Bonnie Gross, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Some first responders were shuttled off the island by a lobsterman, St. George Fire and Rescue said. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 30 Jan. 2024 After her death, Ms. Barrada bought decades worth of her work from her brother, Morty Grossman, and its cluttered mass was shuttled from the Chelsea Hotel to Brooklyn. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 On night one, groups of guests were shuttled up Aspen Highlands Mountain to Cloud Nine Bistro via a 30-minute ride open-air snowcat trip—fortuitously hosted on a night with a near full-ish moon, the mountainous vista was on full display. Vogue, 25 Jan. 2024 After Labor Day, once the house managers complete their last Goldberg’s runs and Blade CEO Rob Wiesenthal finishes overseeing the military mission that is shuttling the one percent back to Manhattan via helis, stores in the Hamptons remain open. Andrew Zucker, Curbed, 24 Jan. 2024 But lately Eleanor has been ill, and the family has been shuttling back and forth to her bedside in California. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 Moss was shuttled to H-unit, where the execution chamber was located. Emma Goldberg Desiree Rios, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2024 Government delegations have shuttled around the globe hobnobbing with chip makers. Jiyoung Sohn, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1550, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shuttle was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shuttle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shuttle. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

shuttle

1 of 2 noun
shut·​tle ˈshət-ᵊl How to pronounce shuttle (audio)
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
: a vehicle that goes back and forth regularly over an often short route
the airport shuttle
space shuttle
b
: an established route used by a shuttle

shuttle

2 of 2 verb
shuttled; shuttling ˈshət-liŋ How to pronounce shuttle (audio)
-ᵊl-iŋ
1
: to move or travel back and forth often
2
: to transport in, by, or as if by a shuttle
shuttled the children to school

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