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Dictionary Definition



1 badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers [syn: shuttlecock, bird, birdie]
2 public transport that consists of a bus or train or airplane that plies back and forth between two points
3 bobbin that passes the weft thread between the warp threads v : travel back and forth between two points

User Contributed Dictionary




From scytel (dart, arrow), from skutilaz (compare skutill (harpoon)), from skut- (project) (see shoot). Name for loom weaving instrument, recorded from 1338, is from a sense of being "shot" across the threads. The back-and-forth imagery inspired the extension to "passenger trains" in 1895, aircraft in 1942, and spacecraft in 1969, as well as older terms such as shuttlecock.


  1. A transport service (such as a bus or train) that goes back and forth between two places.
  2. The part of a loom that carries the woof back and forth between the warp threads


transport service
part of a loom


  1. To go back and forth between two places.

Extensive Definition

The word shuttle can have several meanings. In general, it is something which travels back and forth between places in a regular and relatively frequent manner.


  • Shuttle (weaving), a device used in weaving to carry the weft. This is the original meaning



  • Shuttle Inc. produces small form factor computers
  • Shuttlecock, the object batted back and forth in badminton
  • Shuttle vector, vector that shuttles between species, biochemistry, genetics
  • Shuttle machinery, as used in extrusion blow molding
  • Shuttle (game), a computer game produced by Virgin
  • River Shuttle, a river of southeast London England
  • Shuttle bombing, a WWII strategic bombing tactic to confuse enemy defenses by landing all or part of an Allied bombing mission at a different country instead of returning directly to the takeoff base
shuttle in German: Shuttle
shuttle in French: Shuttle
shuttle in Dutch: Shuttle
shuttle in Japanese: シャトル

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Amtrak, air transport, air travel, airfreight, alternate, back and fill, baggage train, battledore and shuttlecock, cable railroad, choo-choo, cog railroad, cog railway, come and go, commute, ebb and flow, el, electric, electric train, elevated, express, express train, flier, freight, freight train, freighter, funicular, goods train, hand loom, hitch and hike, interurban, knitting machine, lightning express, limited, local, loom, metro, metronome, milk train, monorail, oscillator, parliamentary, parliamentary train, pass and repass, passenger train, pendulum, rack-and-pinion railroad, railroad train, range, rattler, reciprocate, ride and tie, rocker, rocking chair, rocking stone, rolling stock, seesaw, shunt, shuttle service, shuttle train, shuttlecock, special, streamliner, subway, swing, teeter, teeter-totter, teeterboard, teetery-bender, to-and-fro, train, tube, underground, vibrator, wax and wane, way train, weaver, wibble-wabble, wigwag, zigzag
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