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shuttle

noun shut·tle \ ˈshə-tᵊl \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of shuttle

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
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

Examples of shuttle in a Sentence

  1. A shuttle takes people from the parking lot to the airport.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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shuttle

verb

Definition of shuttle

shuttled; shuttling play \ˈshət-liŋ, 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

  1. We shuttled between the city and the country all summer.

  2. A bus shuttled people from the parking lot to the dock.

Recent Examples of shuttle from the Web

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First Known Use of shuttle

1550


SHUTTLE Defined for English Language Learners

shuttle

noun

Definition of shuttle for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of shuttle for English Language Learners

  • : to travel back and forth between places

  • : to bring (people) back and forth between places


SHUTTLE Defined for Kids

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shuttle

noun shut·tle \ ˈshə-tᵊl \

Definition of shuttle for Students

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

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shuttle

verb

Definition of shuttle for Students

shuttled; shuttling
: to move or bring back and forth rapidly or often
  • The ferry shuttled travelers across the river.


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