• The Shuttlecock
    The Shuttlecock
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shuttlecock send or toss to and fro, like a shuttlecock
    • n shuttlecock badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shuttlecock A cork stuck with feathers, which is to be struck by a battledoor in play; also, the play itself.
    • v. t Shuttlecock To send or toss to and fro; to bandy; as, to shuttlecock words.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shuttlecock A piece of cork, or of similar light material, in one end of which feathers are stuck, made to be struck by a battledore in play; also, the play or game. See phrase below.
    • n shuttlecock A malvaceous shrub, Periptera punicea of Mexico, the only species of a still dubious genus. It has crimson flowers and a many-celled radiate capsule, one or other suggesting the name.
    • shuttlecock To throw or bandy backward and forward like a shuttlecock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shuttlecock a rounded cork stuck with feathers, driven with a battledore: the game itself
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From base of A.S. sceótan, shoot; Dan. and Sw. skyttel.


In literature:

I make her play at shuttlecock with me, and she is the veriest bungler at it ever you saw.
"The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54"
Once more Palestine became a shuttlecock between the kingdoms of the Nile and the Euphrates.
"Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations" by Archibald Sayce
Between the two Marcella would be a shuttlecock.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
The two alternatives flew back and forth in her mind like shuttlecocks.
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
The child, who was but seven years of age, was bandied to and fro like a shuttlecock between rival adventurers.
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang
He and Ben jumped into the air like shuttlecocks, and seemed to like it.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
I am tired of going death-hunting, and not fool enough to play a game of shuttlecock with a lump of gold.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
The unfortunate town of Winchester seems to have been made a regular shuttlecock of by the contending armies.
"Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863" by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
You saw only two things: the shuttlecock, and your partner in the game.
"Gryll Grange" by Thomas Love Peacock
Or it is like the children's game of shuttlecock.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson

In poetry:

A life like a shuttlecock may be toss'd
With the hand of fate for a battledore;
But it matters much for your sweet soul lost,
As much as a million souls and more.
"No Name" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Think of it as an elaborate badminton shuttlecock.
The shuttlecocks (or "birdies" to the casual fan) contain 16 goose feathers eventually have parachuting effect in flight, but, the speeds coming off the racket are almost blinding.
Sometimes children's book reviewers bandy about the term "classic" like it was some kind of verbal shuttlecock.
Shuttlecocks and Misplaced Rage at the Olympics.