- (context, badminton) A lightweight object that is conical in shape with a cork or rubber-covered nose, used in badminton as a ball is used in other racquet games.
- 1859, Ebenezer Landells, The boy's own toy-maker, page 122,
- :The practice of the game in this country is to keep the in the air by striking it from one person to another.
Etymology: (term, shuttle) (from the back-and-forth sense of the word originating with loom weaving) + (term, cock) (from resemblance to a male bird's plume of tail feathers). Attested from 1522.
- to move or be moved rapidly back-and-forth
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