• WordNet 3.6
    • v shuttle travel back and forth between two points
    • n shuttle bobbin that passes the weft thread between the warp threads
    • n shuttle public transport that consists of a bus or train or airplane that plies back and forth between two points
    • n shuttle badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Seven asteroids were especially named for the Challenger astronauts who were killed in the 1986 failed launch of the space shuttle
    • Shuttle A shutter, as for a channel for molten metal.
    • Shuttle An instrument used in weaving for passing or shooting the thread of the woof from one side of the cloth to the other between the threads of the warp. "Like shuttles through the loom, so swiftly glide
      My feathered hours."
    • Shuttle 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.
    • v. i Shuttle To move backwards and forwards, like a shuttle. "I had to fly far and wide, shutting athwart the big Babel, wherever his calls and pauses had to be."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At lift off, US space shuttles weight about 4.5 million pounds.
    • n shuttle A bolt or bar, as of a door.
    • n shuttle An instrument used by weavers for passing or shooting the thread of the weft from one side of the web to the other between the threads of the warp. The modern shuttle is a sort of wooden carriage tapering at each end, and hollowed out in the middle for the reception of the bobbin or pirn on which the weft is wound. The weft unwinds from this bobbin as the shuttle runs from one side of the web to the other. It is driven across by a smart blow from a pin called a picker or driver. There is one of these pins on each side of the loom, and the two are connected by a cord to which a handle is attached. Holding this handle in his right hand, the weaver moves the two pins together in each direction alternately by a sudden jerk. A shuttle propelled in this manner is called a fly-shuttle, and was invented in 1738 by John Kay, a mechanic of Colchester, England. Before this invention the weaver took the shuttle between the finger and thumb of each hand alternately and threw it across, by which process much time was lost. There are also a great variety of automatic picker-motions for driving the shuttles of looms. Compare picker-motion.
    • n shuttle In sewing-machines, the sliding thread-holder which carries the lower thread between the needle and the upper thread to make a lockstitch. See cuts under sewing-machine.
    • n shuttle The gate which opens to allow the water to flow on a water-wheel.
    • n shuttle One of the sections of a shutter-dam.
    • n shuttle A small gate or stop through which metal is allowed to pass from the trough to the mold.
    • n shuttle A shuttlecock; also, the game known as shuttlecock.
    • shuttle To move to and fro like a shuttle.
    • shuttle To go back and forth like a shuttle; travel to and fro.
    • shuttle Headlong; rash; thoughtless; unsteady; volatile.
    • shuttle Slippery, sliding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In only eight minutes, the Space Shuttle can accelerate to a speed of 27,000 kilometres per hour.
    • n Shuttle shut′l an instrument used for shooting the thread of the woof between the threads of the warp in weaving
    • v.t., v.i Shuttle to move to and fro, like a shuttle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Also shittle, OE. schitel, scytyl, schetyl,; cf. OE. schitel, a bolt of a door, AS. scyttes,; all from AS. sceótan, to shoot; akin to Dan. skyttel, skytte, shuttle, dial. Sw. skyttel, sköttel,. √159. See Shoot, and cf. Shittle Skittles


In literature:

I got the loan o' a loom, and in order to support my wife and family, I had to sit down to drive the shuttle again.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17" by Alexander Leighton
The wifely needle, a thread of silver fire, shuttled back and forth in the heavy brocade silk.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
The shuttlecock (or shuttle) has 16 feathers from 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
He made himself another cigarette and smoked it fast, keeping pace with his shuttling thoughts.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
For the Tatting, a Shuttle, and Ring and Pin No.
"Golden Stars in Tatting and Crochet" by Eleonore Riego de la Branchardière
Noiseless and calm would the quiet days pass into her old shuttle (which is jest as good to-day as it wuz at the creation).
"Samantha at Coney Island" by Marietta Holley
As these sisters flashed the shuttle to and fro, they chanted a solemn song.
"Myths of the Norsemen" by H. A. Guerber
And the ominous rhythm of the shuttle was like the footfall of the past creeping upon her.
"Amabel Channice" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
I went recently into a weaver's shop in Laurencekirk, and found three old men and one aged woman plying their shuttles.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
The loom-girl in these parts is never too early at her harness and shuttle.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani

In poetry:

A Weaver sat before his loom,
The shuttle flinging fast,
And to his web a thread of doom
Was added at each cast.
"The Weaver" by Emily Chubbuck Judson
Weave on, swift shuttle of the Lord,
Beneath the deep so far,
The bridal robe of earth's accord,
The funeral shroud of war!
"The Cable Hymn" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The wise man, marks the flow and ebb
Hidden and held aloof:
In his deep mind is laid the web,
Shuttles are driving the woof.
"One Day" by Archibald Lampman
And like the Lady of Shalott
I look into a mirror wide,
Where shadows come, and shadows go,
And ply my shuttle as they glide.
"Before The Mirror" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Droning of the surf where
Far seas boom?
Chanting of the weird stars
Big with Doom?
Humming of the god-flung
Shuttles of a loom?
"The Weavers" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Of red shining gold was the fairy-loom made;
They sang and they danc’d, and their swift shuttles play’d;
Their song was of death, and their song was of life,
It sounded like billows in tumult and strife.
"May Asda (From The Danish Of Oehlenslaeger)" by George Borrow

In news:

Now we have a plan for stealing one of the Space Shuttles.
Council Denies Ad Request For Shuttle Service.
You can see everything from the space shuttle to the U-S capital all made out of millions of matchsticks .
Full-size space shuttle mockup opening to public in Seattle.
Images of shuttle mockup being moved.
Now that the space shuttles have been grounded, the question is: when will Americans get back into space, and where will they go.
It's no secret -- a lot of Houstonians are harboring a few hard feelings ever since Space City was denied one of the retired shuttles.
As the historic final Space Shuttle flight continues, I asked some of my fellow NSS members to send me their thoughts about what it meant to them.
LA couple's wedding will be next door to arriving space shuttle Endeavour Saturday night.
Next-to-last space shuttle flight lands on Earth.
Space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, closing out the next-to-last mission in NASA's 30-year program with a safe middle-of-the-night landing.
The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral for the last time on Monday, May 16 at 8:56 am EDT.
Wired Science gathered together our favorite live Shuttle webcasts so space geeks everywhere can get in on the action.
The crew of space shuttle Endeavour (l.
Out of view Giffords sees husband's shuttle launch.

In science:

The threshold of shuttling Athr ∼ λ can not be reached even at eV ∼ Ω = 5meV for the C60 transistor.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
If zero-point vibration amplitudes of the dot are comparable with the Fermi length of the electrons, the shuttling takes place at small bias voltage.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
Then, the wells are broadened and combined into a single wide potential thus giving rise to the shuttle mechanism of conductivity, as displayed in Fig. 12.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
The step increase of current is due to shuttling.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
Eq.18 transported through the SET junctions via the shuttle mechanism is not smeared over the tunnel terms.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions