• WordNet 3.6
    • v scuttle to move about or proceed hurriedly "so terrified by the extraordinary ebbing of the sea that they scurried to higher ground"
    • n scuttle an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
    • n scuttle container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scuttle A broad, shallow basket.
    • n Scuttle A quick pace; a short run.
    • Scuttle A small opening in an outside wall or covering, furnished with a lid.
    • Scuttle A small opening or hatchway in the deck of a ship, large enough to admit a man, and with a lid for covering it, also, a like hole in the side or bottom of a ship.
    • Scuttle A wide-mouthed vessel for holding coal: a coal hod.
    • Scuttle An opening in the roof of a house, with a lid.
    • Scuttle The lid or door which covers or closes an opening in a roof, wall, or the like.
    • Scuttle To cut a hole or holes through the bottom, deck, or sides of (as of a ship), for any purpose.
    • Scuttle To defeat, frustrate, abandon, or cause to be abandoned; -- of plans, projects, actions, hopes; as, the review committee scuttled the project due to lack of funds.
    • v. i Scuttle To run with affected precipitation; to hurry; to bustle; to scuddle. "With the first dawn of day, old Janet was scuttling about the house to wake the baron."
    • Scuttle To sink by making holes through the bottom of; as, to scuttle a ship.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scuttle A broad, shallow dish; a platter. Compare scuttle-dish.
    • n scuttle A deep vessel of sheet-iron, copper, or brass, used for holding coal in small amounts; a coal-scuttle or coal-hod. See coal-scuttle.
    • n scuttle A swabber used for cleaning a bakers' oven.
    • n scuttle Nautical, a small hatchway or opening in the deck, with a lid for covering it; also, a like hole in the side of a ship, or through the coverings of her hatchways; by extension, a hole in general.
    • n scuttle A square hole in the wall or roof of a house, covered with a lid; also, the lid that covers such an opening.
    • scuttle Naut, to cut holes through the bottom or sides of (a ship) for any purpose; specifically, to sink by making holes through the bottom.
    • scuttle To run hurriedly, or with short, hurried steps; hurry.
    • n scuttle A quick pace; a short, hurried run; a mincing, affected gait.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scuttle skut′l a shallow basket: a vessel for holding coal.
    • n Scuttle skut′l the openings or hatchways of a ship: a hole through the hatches or in the side or bottom of a ship
    • v.t Scuttle to cut holes through any part of a ship: to sink a ship by cutting holes in it
    • v.i Scuttle skut′l to scud or run with haste: to hurry
    • n Scuttle a quick run: a mincing gait.—Also Scudd′le, Skutt′le
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. escoutille, F. éscoutille, cf. Sp. escotilla,; probably akin to Sp. escotar, to cut a thing so as to make it fit, to hollow a garment about the neck, perhaps originally, to cut a bosom-shaped piece out, and of Teutonic origin; cf. D. schoot, lap, bosom, G. schoss, Goth. skauts, the hem of a garnment. Cf. Sheet an expanse


In literature:

Then she scuttled down the hall to her room again.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
At sight of the panting figure coming up from the Coupee, it scuttled and banged the doors tight.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
You didn't call me no seaman in the Bay of Corfu, when the bullets were scuttling our nobs.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
Tiny creeping things scuttled through the grass, but the boy did not move, and they scuttled on undisturbed.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He constantly maintained that she could not be far off, and pressed him to send up to the scuttle before the dusk.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)" by John Dryden
Two or three women, more bashful than the rest, scuttled into the depths of wigwams out of sight.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
He had just got to the top when the lights went out a second time, and he heard again the scuttling along the floor.
"Famous Modern Ghost Stories" by Various
It was decisively arranged to have the vessel scuttled.
"Windjammers and Sea Tramps" by Walter Runciman
Scuttling you off to sea to make you forget.
"The Honorable Percival" by Alice Hegan Rice
I supposed he would drop on all fours and scuttle away, but not a bit of it.
"Bears I Have Met--and Others" by Allen Kelly

In poetry:

She forced the oaken scuttle back;
A whisper reached her ear
"Slide down the roof to me," it said,
"So softly none may hear."
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Oh, hang me crew," the Captain cried,
"And scuttle of me ship.
If I'm the skipper, blarst me hide!
Ain't I supposed to skip?"
"The Dutiful Mariner" by Wallace Irwin
He was a black-browed buccaneer,
And she like a snow-drop white.
From a scuttled ship he bore her clear
As it sunk in the haggard night.
"The Legend Of A Pass Christian" by Harriet Monroe
February scuttles under
any dish's lid
and she thinks she's dry because she's
thoroughly well hid
but it still rains all month long
and it always did.
"January Jumps About" by George Barker
So they begin. With two years gone
From nurse to countless tunes they scuttle.
They chirp and whistle. Then comes on
The third year, and they start to prattle.
"So they begin. With two years gone..." by Boris Pasternak
Quick treble bells begin at nine o'clock,
Scuttling the schoolboy pulling up his sock,
Scaring the late girl in the inky frock.
I must be crazy; I learn from the daisy.
"The Calls [unfinished]" by Wilfred Owen

In news:

McDonald's McLobster to Scuttle Onto a Menu Near You.
A bid to scuttle direct talks.
Analysts say Hamas launched the attacks to scuttle direct peace talks.
Loud opposition unlikely to scuttle budget deal.
Romney Seen Scuttling EPA Proposals, Letting Rules Stand.
Royals keep A's scuttling , win 2-0.
House panel approves scuttling runoff in 2004.
Plans to scuttle a retired US Navy destroyer as part of READ.
Northrop Grumman scuttles its shipbuilding unit.
Judge Scuttles Slander Suit Over Paul Hastings Lawyer's Spittle .
Bank of Americas now-scuttled plan to charge customers a $5 monthly fee.
Cinq à sept is a slang French term for the 5 to 7pm slot in the day, when the French scuttle off to their lovers for a couple of hours together before going to their "real spouse.".
That shutdown was part of a broader layoff of 205 employees that also scuttled "The Agency," an online-spy game the Bellevue studio was developing.
(Though I didn't get a chance to play it, the online scuttle says that NBA 2K7 is the basketball game to get.
Regarding "GOP scuttles treaty for the disabled" (Dec.

In science:

These sets of observations were both made during the rare high/soft X-ray state, and planned observations during the low/hard state were unfortunately scuttled by the STIS electronics failure in 2004.
Stellar Wind Variations During the X-ray High and Low States of Cygnus X-1
In other words, its exact position can not be known in principle, because any attempt to pinpoint it will scuttle the position and defeat the whole purpose of the experiment.
Quantum Mechanics and the Metrics of General Relativity