noun(in full coal scuttle)
- 1.1The amount of coal held in a scuttle: carrying endless scuttles of coal up from the cellarMore example sentences
- Half a scuttle of coal 2-3 times/day is required to keep the fire burning.
late Old English scutel 'dish, platter', from Old Norse skutill, from Latin scutella 'dish'.
- Run hurriedly or furtively with short quick steps: a mouse scuttled across the floorMore example sentences
- In other contemporaneous drawings, the fish bodies seem to have morphed into billowing sails and scuttling deep-sea crustaceans.
- Meanwhile, rows of new swiveling, scuttling ergonomic chairs line the walls.
- Sartre also, Marie-Denise Boros points out, was particularly fond of the crab, a creature which scuttles its way into everything from his philosophical texts to his plays.
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- An act or sound of scuttling: I heard the scuttle of rats across the roomMore example sentences
- Earlier in the day, I visited Little Water Cay, where I could hear the scuttle of endangered rock iguanas mixing with the waves.
late 15th century: compare with dialect scuddle, frequentative of scud1.
- 1Sink (one’s own ship) deliberately by holing it or opening its seacocks to let water in.More example sentences
- The gallant heroism of both the British Navy and the German Captain Langsdorff, who scuttles his own ship rather than face defeat, strongly appealed to Powell and Pressburger.
- A Soviet sub carrying rotten caviar and toxic waste cabbage broth is scuttled and the oozing brew burbles into the depths of the ocean.
- 1.1Deliberately cause (a scheme) to fail: some of the stockholders are threatening to scuttle the dealMore example sentences
- He was an outspoken critic of the show when it began, mostly because it scuttled his own plans for a Galactica reboot that would pick up where the 1978 version left off.
- As such, she doesn't get out much, since her few attempts at dating are scuttled by the conspicuous presence of her bodyguards.
- Kunuk comes off as a sentimentalist, scuttling his attempts to inflate his story into something bigger, leaving remains that feel as psychologically uncomplicated as the similarly themed The Lion King.
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late 15th century (as a noun): perhaps from Old French escoutille, from the Spanish diminutive escotilla 'hatchway'. The verb dates from the mid 17th century.