- a small hatch or port in the deck, side, or bottom of a vessel.
- a cover for this.
verb (used with object), scut·tled, scut·tling.
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verb (used without object), scut·tled, scut·tling.
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Example sentences from the Web for scuttle
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Marco Rubio, on the other hand, led the GOP effort to scuttle the thing on abortion-related grounds.
Others said it would take something shocking to scuttle the meeting.Iran's Offer to Talk About Its Nuclear Program Eases Tension For Now|Michael Adler|February 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If he could cut the wood away around the bolt of the scuttle cover, he might force it open.Ralph on the Engine|Allen Chapman
"We'll take no chances," Whitney answered; and ran to the scuttle.Johnstone of the Border|Harold Bindloss
The scuttle at the end warehouse was securely hooked on the inside; but neither of the pair felt discouraged at this circumstance.Within The Enemy's Lines|Oliver Optic
In the square of wan light that came down the scuttle he was cording his hair-trunk—unemotional and very matter-of-fact.Romance|Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
With such composure as a man displays marching towards the gallows, Wicks arose, walked to the scuttle, and went down.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson