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Definition of "scuttle" [scut•tle]

  • A small opening or hatch with a movable lid in the deck or hull of a ship or in the roof, wall, or floor of a building. (noun)
  • The lid or hatch of such an opening. (noun)
  • Nautical To cut or open a hole or holes in (a ship's hull). (verb-transitive)
  • Nautical To sink (a ship) by this means. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To scrap; discard: "a program [the] President . . . sought to scuttle” ( Christian Science Monitor). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scuttle" in a sentence
  • "When the wash receded they followed it with an incredibly rapid twinkling of little legs; and when again the wave rushed, shoreward, _scuttle, scuttle, scuttle_ went they, keeping always just at the edge of the water."
  • "The word scuttle has appeared in 70 New York Times articles in the past year, including on June 24 in "Fusion Experiment Faces New Hurdles," by John Upton:"
  • "Learn more about the word "scuttle" and see usage examples across a range of subjects on the dictionary."