American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small rounded piece of cork or rubber with a conical crown of feathers or plastic, used in badminton. Also called bird, birdie.
- v. To throw or send back and forth like a shuttlecock.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of cork, or of similar light material, in one end of which feathers are stuck, made to be struck by a battledore in play; also, the play or game. See phrase below.
- n. A malvaceous shrub, Periptera punicea of Mexico, the only species of a still dubious genus. It has crimson flowers and a many-celled radiate capsule, one or other suggesting the name.
- To throw or bandy backward and forward like a shuttlecock.
- n. badminton A lightweight object that is conical in shape with a cork or rubber-covered nose, used in badminton the way a ball is used in other racquet games.
- v. To move rapidly back and forth
- v. To send or toss back and forth; to bandy
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cork stuck with feathers, which is to be struck by a battledoor in play; also, the play itself.
- v. To send or toss to and fro; to bandy.
- n. badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
- v. send or toss to and fro, like a shuttlecock
- shuttle (from the back-and-forth sense of the word originating with loom weaving) + cock (from resemblance to a male bird's plume of tail feathers). Attested from 1522. (Wiktionary)
“Every one promised, as it were, to be a battle-dore if I would be the other, and the shuttlecock was to be our letters, — egad!”
“The shuttlecock is a cork in which feathers have been inserted.”
“Upon its return to earth, the spacecraft transforms from an airplane-like shape to a "shuttlecock," wafting down through the atmosphere yet not overheating.”
“I could understand that my father was disapproved of by them, and that I was a kind of shuttlecock flying between two battledores; but why they pitied me I could not understand.”
“Even the bonnet with the eagle's feather, which Sir Walter Scott induced Kemble to substitute for his "shuttlecock" headdress of ostrich plumes, was held to be inadmissible: the Macbeth of the antiquaries wore a conical iron helmet, and was otherwise arrayed in barbaric armour.”
“It'll give you an excuse to say "shuttlecock" without feeling silly.”
“The "shuttlecock" configuration is for sub-orbital speeds, not orbital speeds.”
“You cannot use the Space Ship one "shuttlecock" configuration for this slowing down because there is no atmosphere in space.”
“Something like a "shuttlecock" reentry for Space Ship One but for orbital speeds?”
“The "shuttlecock" configuration is used only (in) the atmosphere; remember Space Ship One only”
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