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 for shuttle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shuttle \Shut"tle\, v. i.
     To move backwards and forwards, like a shuttle.
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           I had to fly far and wide, shutting athwart the big
           Babel, wherever his calls and pauses had to be.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shuttle \Shut"tle\, n. [Also shittle, OE. schitel, scytyl,
     schetyl; cf. OE. schitel a bolt of a door, AS. scyttes; all
     from AS. sce['o]tan to shoot; akin to Dan. skyttel, skytte,
     shuttle, dial. Sw. skyttel, sk["o]ttel. [root]159. See
     Shoot, and cf. Shittle, Skittles.]
     1. 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.
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              Like shuttles through the loom, so swiftly glide
              My feathered hours.                   --Sandys.
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     2. 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.
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     3. A shutter, as for a channel for molten metal. [R.]
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     Shuttle box (Weaving), a case at the end of a shuttle race,
        to receive the shuttle after it has passed the thread of
        the warp; also, one of a set of compartments containing
        shuttles with different colored threads, which are passed
        back and forth in a certain order, according to the
        pattern of the cloth woven.
     Shutten race, a sort of shelf in a loom, beneath the warp,
        along which the shuttle passes; a channel or guide along
        which the shuttle passes in a sewing machine.
     Shuttle shell (Zool.), any one of numerous species of
        marine gastropods of the genus Volva, or Radius,
        having a smooth, spindle-shaped shell prolonged into a
        channel at each end.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber
           with a crown of feathers [syn: shuttlecock, bird,
           birdie, shuttle]
      2: public transport that consists of a bus or train or airplane
         that plies back and forth between two points
      3: bobbin that passes the weft thread between the warp threads
      v 1: travel back and forth between two points

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  79 Moby Thesaurus words for "shuttle":
     Amtrak, air transport, air travel, airfreight, alternate,
     back and fill, baggage train, battledore and shuttlecock,
     cable railroad, choo-choo, cog railroad, cog railway, come and go,
     commute, ebb and flow, el, electric, electric train, elevated,
     express, express train, flier, freight, freight train, freighter,
     funicular, goods train, hand loom, hitch and hike, interurban,
     knitting machine, lightning express, limited, local, loom, metro,
     metronome, milk train, monorail, oscillator, parliamentary,
     parliamentary train, pass and repass, passenger train, pendulum,
     rack-and-pinion railroad, railroad train, range, rattler,
     reciprocate, ride and tie, rocker, rocking chair, rocking stone,
     rolling stock, seesaw, shunt, shuttle service, shuttle train,
     shuttlecock, special, streamliner, subway, swing, teeter,
     teeter-totter, teeterboard, teetery-bender, to-and-fro, train,
     tube, underground, vibrator, wax and wane, way train, weaver,
     wibble-wabble, wigwag, zigzag

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