from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small opening or hatch with a movable lid in the deck or hull of a ship or in the roof, wall, or floor of a building.
- n. The lid or hatch of such an opening.
- transitive v. Nautical To cut or open a hole or holes in (a ship's hull).
- transitive v. Nautical To sink (a ship) by this means.
- transitive v. Informal To scrap; discard: "a program [the] President . . . sought to scuttle” ( Christian Science Monitor).
- n. A metal pail for carrying coal.
- n. A shallow open basket for carrying vegetables, flowers, or grain.
- intransitive v. To run or move with short hurried movements; scurry.
- n. A hurried run.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A container like an open bucket (usually to hold and carry coal).
- n. A hatch that provides access to the roof from the interior of a building.
- n. A small hatch or opening in a boat. Also, small opening in a boat or ship for draining water from open deck.
- v. To deliberately sink a ship or boat by order of the vessel's commander or owner.
- v. Undermine or thwart oneself (sometimes intentionally), or denigrate or destroy one's position or property; compare scupper.
- v. To move hastily, to scurry
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A broad, shallow basket.
- n. A wide-mouthed vessel for holding coal: a coal hod.
- intransitive v. To run with affected precipitation; to hurry; to bustle; to scuddle.
- n. A quick pace; a short run.
- n. A small opening in an outside wall or covering, furnished with a lid.
- n. A small opening or hatchway in the deck of a ship, large enough to admit a man, and with a lid for covering it, also, a like hole in the side or bottom of a ship.
- n. An opening in the roof of a house, with a lid.
- n. The lid or door which covers or closes an opening in a roof, wall, or the like.
- transitive v. To cut a hole or holes through the bottom, deck, or sides of (as of a ship), for any purpose.
- transitive v. To sink by making holes through the bottom of.
- transitive v. To defeat, frustrate, abandon, or cause to be abandoned; -- of plans, projects, actions, hopes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A broad, shallow dish; a platter. Compare scuttle-dish.
- n. A deep vessel of sheet-iron, copper, or brass, used for holding coal in small amounts; a coal-scuttle or coal-hod. See coal-scuttle.
- n. A swabber used for cleaning a bakers' oven.
- n. Nautical, a small hatchway or opening in the deck, with a lid for covering it; also, a like hole in the side of a ship, or through the coverings of her hatchways; by extension, a hole in general.
- n. A square hole in the wall or roof of a house, covered with a lid; also, the lid that covers such an opening.
- Naut, to cut holes through the bottom or sides of (a ship) for any purpose; specifically, to sink by making holes through the bottom.
- To run hurriedly, or with short, hurried steps; hurry.
- n. A quick pace; a short, hurried run; a mincing, affected gait.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to move about or proceed hurriedly
- n. an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
- n. container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire
Middle English skottell, from Old French escoutille, possibly from Spanish escotilla.
Middle English scutel, basket, from Old English, dish, from Latin scutella; see scullery.
Middle English scottlen; possibly akin to scud.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English scutel ("dish, platter"), from Latin scutella, diminutive form of Latin scutra ("flat tray, dish"), perhapes related to Latin scutum ("shield"); compare German Schüssel (Wiktionary)
From Middle French ( > French écoutille), from Old Norse skaut ("corner of a cloth, of a sail"), akin to Gothic 𐍃𐌺𐌰𐌿𐍄𐍃 (skauts, "projecting edge, fringe"), German Schoß. (Wiktionary)