a small hatch or port in the deck, side, or bottom of a vessel.
a cover for this.
a small hatchlike opening in a roof or ceiling.
to sink (a vessel) deliberately, especially by opening seacocks or making openings in the hull.
to abandon, withdraw from, or cause to be abandoned or destroyed (as plans, hopes, rumors, etc.).
Other definitions for scuttle (2 of 3)
to run with quick, hasty steps; scurry.
a quick pace.
a short, hurried run.
Other definitions for scuttle (3 of 3)
a deep bucket for carrying coal.
British Dialect. a broad, shallow basket.
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How to use scuttle in a sentence
By one count, 20 industry lobbyists were in the halls trying to scuttle SB 962 as it came to a vote nine days later.
An ostentatious display of Japanese military might could scuttle those negotiations.Japan Prepares to Shoot North Korean Missiles Out of the Sky | Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein | April 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bryk came in third, but he notes with pride that he bested the coal scuttle helmet man in his home county.Brooklyn’s Lazy Carpetbagger Sets His Sights on an Alaska Senate Seat | David Freedlander | December 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Any disagreement we had with them was criticized as an attempt to scuttle the building of the memorial.The Eisenhower Family Objects to the Eisenhower Monument | David Frum | March 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Marco Rubio, on the other hand, led the GOP effort to scuttle the thing on abortion-related grounds.
And Robinson heard him scuttle about and hastily convene small boys and dispatch them down the road to look at an honest man.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
In a minute or two, a black head was seen to rise slowly and fearfully out of the fore-scuttle, then it disappeared.Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
The water then flowed in from the top through the deck scuttle forward of the collision bulkhead.
It was by this scuttle that access was obtained to all the decks below C down to the peak tank top on the orlop deck.
The fore-scuttle hatch was closed to keep everything dark before the bridge.
British Dictionary definitions for scuttle (1 of 3)
See coal scuttle
dialect, mainly British a shallow basket, esp for carrying vegetables
the part of a motor-car body lying immediately behind the bonnet
British Dictionary definitions for scuttle (2 of 3)
(intr) to run or move about with short hasty steps
a hurried pace or run
British Dictionary definitions for scuttle (3 of 3)
(tr) nautical to cause (a vessel) to sink by opening the seacocks or making holes in the bottom
(tr) to give up (hopes, plans, etc)
nautical a small hatch or its cover
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