- shuttle [shut′'l]n.[ME schutylle < OE scytel, missile < base of sceotan, to SHOOT: so called because shot to and fro with the thread in weaving]1.a) an instrument containing a reel or spool of the woof thread, used in weaving to carry the thread back and forth between the warp threadsb) a smaller but similar thread holder used in tatting, etc.c) a device that carries the lower thread back and forth in making a lock stitch on a sewing machined) any of several devices having a similar to-and-fro action☆ e) a traveling back and forth over an often short route, as by an airplane, train, bus, etc. [kept the planes in a 24-hour shuttle]f) the route so traveledg) a shuttle service offered by an airline, esp. one for which reservations are not required [the New York-Washington shuttle]h) an airplane, train, bus, etc. used in a shuttle2. SPACE SHUTTLE3. short for SHUTTLECOCKvt., vi.shuttled, shuttling1. to move or go back and forth rapidly or frequently☆ 2. to move or go by or as by means of a shuttle
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.