- a device in a loom for passing or shooting the weft thread through the shed from one side of the web to the other, usually consisting of a boat-shaped piece of wood containing a bobbin on which the weft thread is wound.
- the sliding container that carries the lower thread in a sewing machine.
- a public conveyance, as a train, airplane, or bus, that travels back and forth at regular intervals over a particular route, especially a short route or one connecting two transportation systems.
- shuttlecock(def 1).
- (often initial capital letter) space shuttle.
- 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.
- to move to and fro: constantly shuttling between city and suburb.
Origin of shuttle
Examples from the Web for shuttling
By 2008, his planes were shuttling staff and surgical equipment from coast to coast.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
These same groups that trade in animals are also shuttling weapons, humans, and other illicit goods across national lines.South Africa’s Great Rhino Airlift
August 17, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry is shuttling publicly (and talking secretly) in the Middle East.In Search of the Obama Doctrine
July 26, 2013
Kerry has been shuttling back and forth and back again in an attempt to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.Combating Cynicism on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
July 18, 2013
The moms working two jobs while shuttling around kids to activities and sports.How 'The Little Way of Ruthie Leming' Taught Me It's OK to Love My Hometown
April 10, 2013
She was battered by the noise and shuttling of the rush-hour traffic.Main Street
The buckets were filled and emptied alternately by shuttling the truck and attaching first one and then the other to the derrick.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
Every wheel in the District motor pool was on the highway from the airport, shuttling in the wedding-party.The Great Potlatch Riots
Allen Kim Lang
He told of the trail down Thunder Mountain that had been used for shuttling cattle into and out of the Basin.The Lone Ranger Rides
- 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
- a bus, train, aircraft, etc, that plies between two points, esp one that offers a frequent service over a short route
- short for space shuttle
- the movement between various countries of a diplomat in order to negotiate with rulers who refuse to meet each other
- (as modifier)shuttle diplomacy
- badminton short for shuttlecock
- to move or cause to move by or as if by a shuttle
Word Origin and History for shuttling
Old English scytel "a dart, arrow," from West Germanic *skutilaz (cf. Old Norse skutill "harpoon"), from PIE *skeud- "to shoot, to chase, to throw, to project" (see shoot (v.)). The original sense in English is obsolete; the weaving instrument so called (mid-14c.) from being "shot" across the threads. Sense of "train that runs back and forth" is first recorded 1895, from image of the weaver's instrument's back-and-forth movement over the warp; extended to aircraft 1942, to spacecraft 1969. In some other languages, the weaving instrument takes its name from its resemblance to a boat (cf. Latin navicula, French navette, German weberschiff).
1550s, "move rapidly to and fro," from shuttle (n.); sense of "transport via a shuttle service" is recorded from 1930. Related: Shuttled; shuttling.