Scuttle

Definition of Scuttle

Scut´tle   Pronunciation: skŭt´t'ld
n.1.A broad, shallow basket.
2.A wide-mouthed vessel for holding coal: a coal hod.
v. i.1.To run with affected precipitation; to hurry; to bustle; to scuddle.
With the first dawn of day, old Janet was scuttling about the house to wake the baron.
- Sir W. Scott.
n.1.A quick pace; a short run.
1.(Naut.) A small opening in an outside wall or covering, furnished with a lid.
2.The lid or door which covers or closes an opening in a roof, wall, or the like.
Scuttle butt
(Naut.) a butt or cask with a large hole in it, used to contain the fresh water for daily use in a ship.
- Totten.
v. t.1.To cut a hole or holes through the bottom, deck, or sides of (as of a ship), for any purpose.
[imp. & p. p. Scuttled (skŭt"t'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Scuttling.]
2.To sink by making holes through the bottom of; as, to scuttle a ship.
3.To defeat, frustrate, abandon, or cause to be abandoned; - of plans, projects, actions, hopes; as, the review committee scuttled the project due to lack of funds.

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