from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To throw or send back and forth like a shuttlecock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cork stuck with feathers, which is to be struck by a battledoor in play; also, the play itself.
- transitive v. To send or toss to and fro; to bandy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To throw or bandy backward and forward like a shuttlecock.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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