Shuttle meaning

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To go, move, or travel back and forth, especially by a shuttle.

Business people who shuttle between European capitals.

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To cause to move back and forth frequently.
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To move or go back and forth rapidly or frequently.
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To move or go by or as by means of a shuttle.
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The sliding thread holder in a sewing machine, which carries the lower thread through a loop of the upper thread, to make a lock stitch.
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A transport service (such as a bus or train) that goes back and forth between two places.
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Any other item that moves repeatedly back and forth between two positions, possibly transporting something else with it between those points (such as, in chemistry, a molecular shuttle).
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A shutter, as for a channel for molten metal.
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(intransitive) To go back and forth between two places.
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The part of a loom that carries the woof back and forth between the warp threads.
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To transport by shuttle or by means of a shuttle service.
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To transport, especially by a shuttle.

Shuttle a scientific payload to an orbiting space station.

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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.

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