shuttlecock

noun
shut·​tle·​cock | \ ˈshə-tᵊl-ˌkäk How to pronounce shuttlecock (audio) \

Definition of shuttlecock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a lightweight conical object with a rounded often rubber-covered nose that is used in badminton

shuttlecock

verb
shuttlecocked; shuttlecocking; shuttlecocks

Definition of shuttlecock (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to send or toss to and fro : bandy

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Noun

In the meaning defined above

Examples of shuttlecock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Backyard badminton is usually played with nylon shuttlecocks. Douglas C. Towne, azcentral, "Swatting shuttlecocks a longstanding tradition in downtown Phoenix," 2 Jan. 2020 At one point, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern engage in a game of rapid-fire queries, hitting them back and forth like shuttlecocks. BostonGlobe.com, "In a spirited ‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern’ at the Huntington, doom without the gloom - The Boston Globe," 27 Sep. 2019 Just as a shuttlecock has a diameter of zero at its bottommost point and gradually widens on the way up, the universe, according to the no-boundary proposal, smoothly expanded from a point of zero size. Wired, "Cosmologists Clash Over the Beginning of the Universe," 16 June 2019 On descent, the SpaceShipTwo enables its feather configuration, which is a method so the craft’s shape transforms into something similar to a badminton shuttlecock with wings rotating up. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Virgin Galactic gives inside look to new spaceport," 16 Aug. 2019 Other sports equipment included in these bags are horseshoes, bocce balls, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, volleyballs, kickballs, frisbees, wiffle balls, wiffle bats, badminton racquets, and badminton shuttlecocks. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 29 May 2018 Other sports equipment included in these bags are horseshoes, bocce balls, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, volleyballs, kickballs, frisbees, wiffle balls, wiffle bats, badminton racquets, and badminton shuttlecocks. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 29 May 2018 Inside was a storage space with a bunch of cardboard boxes holding the shuttlecocks. The New York Times, New York Times, "Reflections From Rio," 22 Aug. 2016 This kit includes steel poles, a net, and racquets for four, so get ready to channel your sporty side and strike the shuttlecock back and forth. Ruby Rose Lee, Town & Country, "T&C Essentials: How to Pack the Perfect Picnic," 15 June 2015

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First Known Use of shuttlecock

Noun

1522, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1687, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shuttlecock was in 1522

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shuttlecock.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shuttlecock. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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shuttlecock

noun
How to pronounce shuttlecock (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shuttlecock

: a light object shaped like a cone that is hit over the net in the game of badminton

shuttlecock

noun
shut·​tle·​cock | \ ˈshə-tᵊl-ˌkäk How to pronounce shuttlecock (audio) \

Kids Definition of shuttlecock

: a light cone-shaped object that is used in badminton

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