• (America) IPA: [ˈʃʌtel]

shuttle (plural shuttles)

  1. (weaving) The part of a loom that carries the woof back and forth between the warp threads.
    • 1611, King James Version, Job 7:6:
      My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.
    • 1638, George Sandys, "A Paraphrase upon Job":
      Like shuttles through the loom, so swiftly glide
      My feather'd hours, and all my hopes deride!.
  2. The sliding thread holder in a sewing machine, which carries the lower thread through a loop of the upper thread, to make a lock stitch.
  3. A transport service (such as a bus or train) that goes back and forth between two places, sometimes more.
  4. Such a transport vehicle; a shuttle bus; a space shuttle.
    • 2004, Dawn of the Dead, 1:14:20:
      You're saying we take the parking shuttles, reinforce them with aluminum siding and then head to the gun store where our friend Andy plays some cowboy-movie, jump-on-the-wagon bullshit.
  5. Any other item that moves repeatedly back and forth between two positions, possibly transporting something else with it between those points (such as, in chemistry, a molecular shuttle).
  6. A shuttlecock.
  7. A shutter, as for a channel for molten metal.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

shuttle (shuttles, present participle shuttling; past and past participle shuttled)

  1. (intransitive) To go back and forth between two places.
  2. (transitive) To transport by shuttle or by means of a shuttle service.
    Synonyms: chauffeur
  • Italian: fare la spola

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