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.
verb (used with object), shuttled, shuttling.
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), shuttled, shuttling.
to move to and fro: constantly shuttling between city and suburb.

before 900; Middle English shotil (noun), Old English scytel dart, arrow; cognate with Old Norse skutill harpoon; akin to shut, shoot

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

O.E. scytel "a dart, arrow," from W.Gmc. *skutilaz (cf. O.N. skutill "harpoon"), from P.Gmc. *skut- "project" (see shoot). The weaving instrument so called (1338) from being "shot" across the threads. In some other languages, the machine takes its name from its resemblance
to a boat (cf. L. navicula, Fr. navette, Ger. weberschiff). 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. Hence also shuttlecock (1522).

1550, "move rapidly to and fro," from shuttle (n.); sense of "transport via a shuttle service" is recorded from 1930.
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