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shuttle

[ shuht-l ]
/ ˈʃʌt l /
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noun

verb (used with object), shut·tled, shut·tling.

to cause (someone or something) to move to and fro or back and forth by or as if by a shuttle: They shuttled me all over the seventh floor.

verb (used without object), shut·tled, shut·tling.

to move to and fro: constantly shuttling between city and suburb.

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Origin of shuttle

before 900; Middle English shotil (noun), Old English scytel dart, arrow; cognate with Old Norse skutill harpoon; akin to shut, shoot1
shut·tle·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shuttle

shuttle
/ (ˈʃʌtəl) /

noun

a bobbin-like device used in weaving for passing the weft thread between the warp threads
a small bobbin-like device used to hold the thread in a sewing machine or in tatting, knitting, etc
  1. a bus, train, aircraft, etc, that plies between two points, esp one that offers a frequent service over a short route
  2. short for space shuttle
  1. the movement between various countries of a diplomat in order to negotiate with rulers who refuse to meet each other
  2. (as modifier)shuttle diplomacy
badminton short for shuttlecock

verb

to move or cause to move by or as if by a shuttle
Old English scytel bolt; related to Middle High German schüzzel, Swedish skyttel. See shoot, shot
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