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scut·tle 1 (skŭtl)
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n.
1. 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.
2. The lid or hatch of such an opening.
tr.v. scut·tled, scut·tling, scut·tles
1. Nautical
a. To cut or open a hole or holes in (a ship's hull).
b. To sink (a ship) by this means.
2. To thwart, ruin, or terminate: "a program [the] President ... sought to scuttle" (Christian Science Monitor).

[Middle English skottell, from Old French escoutille, possibly from Spanish escotilla.]

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scut·tle 2 (skŭtl)
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n.
1. A metal pail for carrying coal.
2. A shallow open basket for carrying vegetables, flowers, or grain.

[Middle English scutel, basket, from Old English, dish, from Latin scutella; see SCULLERY.]

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scut·tle 3 (skŭtl)
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intr.v. scut·tled, scut·tling, scut·tles
To run or move with short hurried movements; scurry.
n.
A hurried run.

[Middle English scottlen; possibly akin to SCUD.]

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