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Meaning of SCUTTLE

Pronunciation:  'skutl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
  2. [n]  container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire
  3. [v]  to move about or proceed hurriedly; "so terrified by the extraordinary ebbing of the sea that they scurried to higher ground."

SCUTTLE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: coal scuttle, hatchway, opening, scamper, scurry, skitter
 See Also: container, entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway, escape hatch, hatch, run



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scut"tle\, n. [AS. scutel a dish, platter; cf. Icel.
    skutill; both fr. L. scutella, dim. of scutra, scuta, a dish
    or platter; cf. scutum a shield. Cf. {Skillet}.]
    1. A broad, shallow basket.
    2. A wide-mouthed vessel for holding coal: a coal hod.
  2. \Scut"tle\, v. i. [For scuddle, fr. scud.]
    To run with affected precipitation; to hurry; to bustle; to
          With the first dawn of day, old Janet was scuttling
          about the house to wake the baron.       --Sir W.
  3. \Scut"tle\, n.
    A quick pace; a short run. --Spectator.
  4. \Scut"tle\, n. [OF. escoutille, F. ['e]scoutille, cf.
    Sp. escotilla; probably akin to Sp. escoter to cut a thing so
    as to make it fit, to hollow a garment about the neck,
    perhaps originally, to cut a bosom-shaped piece out, and of
    Teutonic origin; cf. D. schoot lap, bosom, G. schoss, Goth.
    skauts the hem of a garnment. Cf. {Sheet} an expanse.]
    1. A small opening in an outside wall or covering, furnished
       with a lid. Specifically:
       (a) (Naut.) A small opening or hatchway in the deck of a
           ship, large enough to admit a man, and with a lid for
           covering it, also, a like hole in the side or bottom
           of a ship.
       (b) An opening in the roof of a house, with a lid.
    2. The lid or door which covers or closes an opening in a
       roof, wall, or the like.
    {Scuttle butt}, or {Scuttle cask} (Naut.), a butt or cask
       with a large hole in it, used to contain the fresh water
       for daily use in a ship.
  5. \Scut"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scuttled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Scuttling}.]
    1. To cut a hole or holes through the bottom, deck, or sides
       of (as of a ship), for any purpose.
    2. To sink by making holes through the bottom of; as, to
       scuttle a ship.