Shuttle Definition

shuttled, shuttles, shuttling
A smaller but similar thread holder used in tatting, etc.
Webster's New World
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.
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.
Webster's New World
Any of several devices having a similar to-and-fro action.
Webster's New World
The route so traveled.
Webster's New World
shuttled, shuttles, shuttling
To move or go by or as by means of a shuttle.
Webster's New World
To move or go back and forth rapidly or frequently.
Webster's New World
To transport, especially by a shuttle.
Shuttle a scientific payload to an orbiting space station.
American Heritage

Origin of Shuttle

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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


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