shuttle definition by Webster's New World
- an instrument containing a reel or spool of the woof thread, used in weaving to carry the thread back and forth between the warp threads
- a smaller but similar thread holder used in tatting, etc.
- a device that carries the lower thread back and forth in making a lock stitch on a sewing machine
- any of several devices having a similar to-and-fro action
- a traveling back and forth over an often short route, as by an airplane, train, bus, etc.: kept the planes in a 24-hour shuttle
- the route so traveled
- a shuttle service offered by an airline, esp. one for which reservations are not required: the New York-Washington shuttle
- an airplane, train, bus, etc. used in a shuttle
- space shuttle
Origin: Middle English schutylle ; from Old English scytel, missile ; from base of sceotan, to shoot: so called because shot to and fro with the thread in weaving
shuttle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A device used in weaving to carry the woof thread back and forth between the warp threads.
- A device for holding the thread in tatting and netting and in a sewing machine.
- a. Regular travel back and forth over an established, often short route by a vehicle.b. A vehicle used in such travel: took the shuttle across town.c. A route used by a vehicle in such travel: the Washington-New York air shuttle.
- A space shuttle.
- Travel between disputing parties by a diplomatic intermediary.
- To cause to move back and forth frequently.
- To transport by or as if by a shuttle: shuttle a scientific payload to an orbiting space station.
Origin: Middle English shutille, from Old English scytel, dart; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.
- shutˈtler noun