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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHUTTLE

The loom-girl in these parts is never too early at her harness and shuttle.

Do you think you are going to make me run to and fro like a shuttle?

We cut with a knife, we pierce with an awl, we weave with a shuttle, we name with a name.

And as a shuttle separates the warp from the woof, so a name distinguishes the natures of things.

The shuttle will be made by the carpenter; the awl by the smith or skilled person.

But how does the carpenter make or repair the shuttle, and to what will he look?

Does he not look to that which is naturally fitted to act as a shuttle?

If for weft, the cops are forthwith taken to the loom, ready for the shuttle.

Mrs. Walden passed upstairs to throw the shuttle of the loom.

Furiously, too, with her shuttle of boxwood she smote Arachne.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English scytel "a dart, arrow," from West Germanic *skutilaz (cf. Old Norse skutill "harpoon"), from PIE *skeud- "to shoot, to chase, to throw, to project" (see shoot (v.)). The original sense in English is obsolete; the weaving instrument so called (mid-14c.) from being "shot" across the threads. Sense of "train that runs back and forth" is first recorded 1895, from image of the weaver's instrument's back-and-forth movement over the warp; extended to aircraft 1942, to spacecraft 1969. In some other languages, the weaving instrument takes its name from its resemblance to a boat (cf. Latin navicula, French navette, German weberschiff).

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