verb (shuttl, ing)
- A transport service (such as a bus or train) that goes back and forth between two places.
- The part of a loom that carries the woof back and forth between the warp threads
Etymology: From scytel (dart, arrow), from (Ger.) 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.
- To go back and forth between two places.
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