shuttle

A shuttle runs between two or more places regularly. The benefit to staying at a hotel close to the airport is that you can take a shuttle, or a regular bus that travels back and forth, to catch your plane in the morning.

Airport shuttles are often buses, although they can also be trains, vans, or any other form of transportation. Some airplanes are shuttles, flying passengers on quick trips. You can also use the word shuttle as a verb, to describe what the bus itself does as it moves back and forth. The original meaning of shuttle is the part of a hand loom that moves to and fro in weaving.

Definitions of shuttle
  1. noun
    bobbin that passes the weft thread between the warp threads
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    type of:
    bobbin, reel, spool
    a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
  2. noun
    public transport that consists of a bus or train or airplane that plies back and forth between two points
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    types:
    shuttle bus
    shuttle consisting of a bus that travels between two points
    type of:
    public transport
    conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
  3. verb
    travel back and forth between two points
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  4. noun
    badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
    synonyms: bird, birdie, shuttlecock
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    type of:
    badminton equipment
    equipment for playing the game of badminton
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