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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shut•tleˈʃʌt l(n.; v.)-tled, -tling.

  1. (n.)a device in a loom for passing or shooting the filling thread through the shed from one side of the web to the other, usu. consisting of a boat-shaped piece of wood containing a bobbin on which the filling is wound.

  2. the sliding container that carries the lower thread in a sewing machine.

  3. a public conveyance, as a train, airplane, or bus, that travels back and forth at regular intervals over a route.

    Category: Transportation

  4. Ref: shuttlecock (def. 1). 1

  5. (often cap.)

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Aerospace

    Ref: space shuttle.

  6. (v.t.)to cause to move to and fro by or as if by a shuttle.

  7. (v.i.)to move to and fro.

Origin of shuttle:

bef. 900; ME shotil, OE scytel dart, arrow, c. ON skutill harpoon; akin to shut , shoot1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shuttlecock, bird, birdie, shuttle(noun)

    badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers

  2. shuttle(noun)

    public transport that consists of a bus or train or airplane that plies back and forth between two points

  3. shuttle(verb)

    bobbin that passes the weft thread between the warp threads

  4. shuttle(verb)

    travel back and forth between two points

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shuttle(noun)ˈʃʌt l

    a bus, train, etc. that travels short distances

    a shuttle taking people from the parking lot to the airport terminal

Wiktionary

  1. shuttle(Noun)

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

  2. shuttle(Noun)

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

  3. shuttle(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).

  4. shuttle(Verb)

    To go back and forth between two places.

  5. shuttle(Verb)

    To transport by shuttle or by means of a shuttle service.

  6. Origin: From scytel, from skutilaz (compare Old Norse skutill), from skut- (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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shuttle(noun)

    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. Shuttle(noun)

    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. Shuttle(noun)

    a shutter, as for a channel for molten metal

  4. Shuttle(verb)

    to move backwards and forwards, like a shuttle

Freebase

  1. Shuttle

    A shuttle is a tool designed to neatly and compactly store or a holder that carries the thread across the loom weft yarn while weaving. Shuttles are thrown or passed back and forth through the shed, between the yarn threads of the warp in order to weave in the weft. The simplest shuttles, known as "stick shuttles", are made from a flat, narrow piece of wood with notches on the ends to hold the weft yarn. More complicated shuttles incorporate bobbins or pirns. Shuttles are often made of wood from the Flowering Dogwood, because it is so hard, resists splintering, and can be polished to a very smooth finish. Originally shuttles were passed back and forth by hand. However, John Kay invented a loom in 1733 that incorporated a flying shuttle. This shuttle could be thrown through the warp, which allowed much wider cloth to be woven much more quickly and made the development of machine looms much simpler. The act of 'kissing the shuttle', in which weavers used their mouths to pull thread through the eye of a shuttle when the pirn was replaced, contributed to the spread of disease.


Translations for shuttle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

shuttle(noun)

in weaving, a piece of equipment for carrying the thread backwards and forwards across the other threads.

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