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 So have the regular groups of people juggling shuttlecocks with their feet, and the hardy retirees who regularly work out on the exercise equipment in the park’s northeast corner. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "Beijing in the Time of Coronavirus: No Traffic, Empty Parks and Fear," 10 Mar. 2020 Khmer Times Scales of the giant barb traditionally have been used for making a type of shuttlecock for badminton in Cambodia. National Geographic, "Giant barb," 25 Feb. 2020 Experienced competitors use natural shuttlecocks, the best of which are manufactured with feathers from the left-wing of a goose for top aerodynamics. Douglas C. Towne, azcentral, "Swatting shuttlecocks a longstanding tradition in downtown Phoenix," 2 Jan. 2020 Skilled badminton players can smash the shuttlecock at speeds of more than 200 m.p.h. and have extended rallies that move at a one-shot-per-second pace. Douglas C. Towne, azcentral, "Swatting shuttlecocks a longstanding tradition in downtown Phoenix," 2 Jan. 2020 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

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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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“Shuttlecock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shuttlecock. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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shuttlecock

noun

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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