Definition of Shuttle

1. Noun. Badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers.

Exact synonyms: Bird, Birdie, Shuttlecock
Generic synonyms: Badminton Equipment
Derivative terms: Shuttlecock

2. Verb. Travel back and forth between two points.
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel

3. Noun. Public transport that consists of a bus or train or airplane that plies back and forth between two points.
Generic synonyms: Public Transport
Specialized synonyms: Shuttle Bus

4. Noun. Bobbin that passes the weft thread between the warp threads.
Generic synonyms: Bobbin, Reel, Spool

Definition of Shuttle

1. n. An instrument used in weaving for passing or shooting the thread of the woof from one side of the cloth to the other between the threads of the warp.

2. v. i. To move backwards and forwards, like a shuttle.

Definition of Shuttle

1. Noun. The part of a loom that carries the woof back and forth between the warp threads ¹

2. Noun. A transport service (such as a bus or train) that goes back and forth between two places. ¹

3. Noun. 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''). ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To go back and forth between two places. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To transport by shuttle or by means of a shuttle service. ¹

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Definition of Shuttle

1. to move or travel back and forth [v -TLED, -TLING, -TLES]

Medical Definition of Shuttle

1. 1. An instrument used in weaving for passing or shooting the thread of the woof from one side of the cloth to the other between the threads of the warp. "Like shuttles through the loom, so swiftly glide My feathered hours." (Sandys) 2. 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. 3. A shutter, as for a channel for molten metal. Shuttle box, any one of numerous species of marine gastropods of the genus Volva, or Radius, having a smooth, spindle-shaped shell prolonged into a channel at each end. Origin: Also shittle, OE. Schitel, scytyl, schetyl; cf. OE. Schitel a bolt of a door, AS. Scyttes; all from AS. Sceotan to shoot; akin to Dan. Skyttel, skytte, shuttle, dial. Sw. Skyttel, skottel. See Shoot, and cf. Shittle, Skittles. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shuttle

shutter shades
shutter speed
shutting off
shutting out
shutting post
shutting up
shuttle bus
shuttle diplomacy
shuttle flow
shuttle helicopter
shuttle vector
shuttlecock fern

Literary usage of Shuttle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Magazine of American History with Notes and Queries by John Austin Stevens, Benjamin Franklin DeCosta, Martha Joanna Lamb, Henry Phelps Johnston, Nathan Gilbert Pond, William Abbatt (1884)
"There is a limit to the throw of the shuttle, and this fixes absolutely the ... If, now, the shuttle instead of skimming over half the threads and under the ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"Weild obviated this difficulty by sawing off (so to speak) the outer end of the lay containing the shuttle box, T?hich being thus detached from the rest of ..."

3. Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary: A Description of Tools, Instruments by Edward Henry Knight (1876)
"6051, pickers mv dispensed with, and the shuttle is driven by rapidly revolving fractional rollare, which intermit- tingly are brought into contact with its ..."

4. Space Flight: The First Thirty Years (1993)
"STS-3 March 22-30, 1982 Columbia Crew: Lousma, Fullerton The longest of the shuttle test flights carried space-viewing instruments for the first time. ..."

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