Business people who shuttle between European capitals.
Shuttle a scientific payload to an orbiting space station.
Origin of shuttle
- Middle English shitel, shutel weaver's shuttle from Old English scytel, scutel dart skeud- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old English scytel (“dart, arrow"), from Proto-Germanic *skutilaz (compare Old Norse skutill (“harpoon")), from *skut- (“project") (see shoot). Name for loom weaving instrument, recorded from 1338, is from a sense of being "shot" across the threads. The back-and-forth imagery inspired the extension to "passenger trains" in 1895, aircraft in 1942, and spacecraft in 1969, as well as older terms such as shuttlecock.