Shuttle shell
Shuttle Shut"tle, n. [Also shittle, OE. schitel, scytyl, schetyl; cf. OE. schitel a bolt of a door, AS. scyttes; all from AS. sce['o]tan to shoot; akin to Dan. skyttel, skytte, shuttle, dial. Sw. skyttel, sk["o]ttel. [root]159. See {Shoot}, and cf. {Shittle}, {Skittles}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Like shuttles through the loom, so swiftly glide My feathered hours. --Sandys. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. A shutter, as for a channel for molten metal. [R.] [1913 Webster]

{Shuttle box} (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.

{Shutten race}, 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.

{Shuttle shell} (Zo["o]l.), 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. [1913 Webster]


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