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Weavers' shuttle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Weavers' shuttle (Zoöl) an East Indian marine univalve shell (Radius volva); -- so called from its shape. See Illust. of Shuttle shell, under Shuttle.
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Usage

In literature:

SOCRATES: And the shuttle is the instrument of the weaver?
"Cratylus" by Plato
Swift as a weaver's shuttle fleet our years: Man goeth to the grave, and where is he?
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Various
Who first used the weaver's shuttle?
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord
The long, weaver's kind of shuttle, originally used by Howe and Singer, had many drawbacks.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 598, June 18, 1887" by Various
Between the lifted threads and the stationary threads a shuttle was thrown by the weaver from one hand to another.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
In this line instead of "the weaver Winter" the original has "the frost's swift shuttles.
"The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell
The weaver's flying shuttle is at rest.
"Christmas" by Various
The dinner once despatched, the flowing bowl succeeds, and the sparkling glass flies to and fro like a weaver's shuttle.
"A Righte Merrie Christmasse" by John Ashton
The weaver sat on her goat's-hair web, and never could get the shuttle across all the way.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
The shuttle had always simply been passed from one hand to the other of the weaver on either side of the web.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Steadily the Cloak of Ash grew under the skilful hands of the Weaver, steadily the Prince watched the shuttle come and go.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
Wilson's thoughts went to and fro like the shuttle of a weaver.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
About four o'clock he came quietly into the room of the weaver, who was moving his shuttle regularly back and forth.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
Shuttle and Weaver's obsequious message of apologies and hopes.
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren
Swift as a weaver's shuttle fleet our years: Man goeth to the grave, and where is he?
"Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)" by John Ruskin
At the end of the month many unemployed weavers paraded the streets, headed by a muffled drum and a shuttle bound in crope.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
Swift as a weaver's shuttle fleet our years: Man goeth to the grave, and where is he?
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry
Days of routine follow each other as swiftly as the weaver's shuttle and numb the spirit and turn palpitating life into a silent picture show.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
Are they desirous of exchanging their lances and guns for weavers' shuttles?
"The White Scalper" by Gustave Aimard
Last night, when Iftikhar spoke to you soft and low, I could see your eye following his as a weaver's the shuttle.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis
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In poetry:

A Weaver sat before his loom,
The shuttle flinging fast,
And to his web a thread of doom
Was added at each cast.
"The Weaver" by Emily Chubbuck Judson
Man's life, like any weaver's shuttle, flies,
Or, like a tender flowret, droops and dies,
Or, like a race, it ends without delay,
Or, like a vapour, vanishes away.
"Short Is The Life Of Man" by Rees Prichard