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shuttle  (ˈʃʌtəl



  1. a bobbin-like device used in weaving for passing the weft thread between the warp threads
  2. a small bobbin-like device used to hold the thread in a sewing machine or in tatting, knitting, etc
    1. a bus, train, aircraft, etc, that plies between two points, esp one that offers a frequent service over a short route
    2. short for space shuttle
    1. the movement between various countries of a diplomat in order to negotiate with rulers who refuse to meet each other
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ shuttle diplomacy
  3. (badminton) short for shuttlecock


  1. to move or cause to move by or as if by a shuttle

Word Origin

Old English scytel bolt; related to Middle High German schüzzel, Swedish skyttel. See shoot, shot


View thesaurus entry
= go back and forth, commute, go to and fro, alternate, ply, shunt, seesaw

Translations for 'shuttle'

  • British English: shuttle A shuttle is a spacecraft that is designed to travel into space and back to earth several times.ˈʃʌtl NOUN
  • Arabic: مَكُّوك
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ônibus espacial
  • Chinese: 航天飞机
  • Croatian: šatl
  • Czech: raketoplán
  • Danish: pendulrute
  • Dutch: ruimteveer
  • European Spanish: lanzadera
  • Finnish: sukkula
  • French: navette
  • German: Pendelfahrzeug
  • Greek: λεωφορείο γραμμής
  • Italian: navetta
  • Japanese: 定期往復便
  • Korean: 근거리 왕복
  • Norwegian: pendlertransport
  • Polish: transport wahadłowy
  • Portuguese: vaivém
  • Romanian: navetă spațială navete spațiale
  • Russian: космический корабль многоразового использования
  • Spanish: lanzadera
  • Swedish: skyttel
  • Thai: กระสวย
  • Turkish: karşılıklı sefer yapan araç
  • Ukrainian: шатл
  • Vietnamese: xe con thoi
  • British English: shuttle If someone or something shuttles or is shuttled from one place to another place, they frequently go from one place to the other. VERBHe and colleagues have shuttled back and forth between the three capitals.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: viajar com frequência
  • Chinese: 频频往返于两地之间频頻频頻往返于於两兩地之间
  • European Spanish: trasladarse
  • French: faire la navette
  • German: pendeln
  • Italian: fare la spola
  • Japanese: 往復する
  • Korean: 왕복하다
  • Portuguese: viajar com frequência
  • Spanish: trasladarse

Example Sentences Including 'shuttle'

Hunter added, `There's a bagman due in from London on the breakfast shuttle with documentation Ferguson's having rushed through.
Higgins, Jack Confessional
Olly moved forward once more, walking swiftly among them and past Ellel to become their leader as they returned to the shuttle silo.
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels
A consortium of local businessmen had chartered the seaplane, and a twice-weekly shuttle would continue as long as the gifts arrived.
Ballard, J. G. Rushing to Paradise


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