from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Regular travel back and forth over an established, often short route by a vehicle.
- noun A vehicle used in such travel.
- noun A route used by a vehicle in such travel.
- noun A space shuttle.
- noun Travel between disputing parties by a diplomatic intermediary.
- noun A device used in weaving to carry the weft thread back and forth between the warp threads.
- noun A device for holding the thread in tatting and netting and in a sewing machine.
- intransitive verb To go, move, or travel back and forth, especially by a shuttle.
- intransitive verb To cause to move back and forth frequently.
- intransitive verb To transport, especially by a shuttle.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A bolt or bar, as of a door.
- noun An instrument used by weavers for passing or shooting the thread of the weft from one side of the web to the other between the threads of the warp.
- noun In sewing-machines, the sliding thread-holder which carries the lower thread between the needle and the upper thread to make a lockstitch. See cuts under
- noun The gate which opens to allow the water to flow on a water-wheel.
- noun One of the sections of a shutter-dam.
- noun A small gate or stop through which metal is allowed to pass from the trough to the mold.
- noun A shuttlecock; also, the game known as shuttlecock.
- To move to and fro like a shuttle.
- To go back and forth like a shuttle; travel to and fro.
- Headlong; rash; thoughtless; unsteady; volatile.
- Slippery, sliding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To move backwards and forwards, like a shuttle.
- noun 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.
- noun 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.
- noun rare A shutter, as for a channel for molten metal.
- noun (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.
- noun 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.
- noun (Zoöl.) 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The part of a
loomthat carries the woofback and forth between the warp threads
- noun A
transport service(such as a bus or train) that goes back and forth between two places.
- noun Any other item that moves repeatedly back and forth between two positions, possibly transporting something else with it between those points (such as, in chemistry, a molecular shuttle).
- verb intransitive To go
back and forthbetween two places.
- verb transitive To
transportby shuttle or by means of a shuttle service.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun public transport that consists of a bus or train or airplane that plies back and forth between two points
- noun badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
- noun bobbin that passes the weft thread between the warp threads
- verb travel back and forth between two points
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
The president gave "" new meaning to the term shuttle diplomacy, '' Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said later.
And most of all, I congratulate President Clinton, who has given new meaning to the term shuttle diplomacy.
Now on to my other comments, first, the shuttle is a vehichle that was tasked with many missions/expectations early on that it had no business doing.
What we got (and don't get me wrong the shuttle is an incredible system for what it does) was a vehicle that was inexpensive to develop but very expensive to operate.
And the shuttle is the darling of every commander who flies it.
(No close encounters though) We are in space already and the shuttle is a cover up for the masses.
The reason for abandoning the shuttle is actually quite simple.
This happened because the shuttle is a fundamentally flawed design.
You know, I've tried to prioritize issues before and while I consider the space program in general and U.S. human space exploration in particular extremely important, the retirement of the shuttle is a done deal and is not high on my list of priorities.
The replacement for the shuttle is the Constellation program with the Orion space craft taking the head.