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1. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Scuttle \Scut"tle\ (sk[u^]t"t'l), n. [OF. escoutille, F.
   ['e]scoutille, cf. Sp. escotilla; probably akin to Sp.
   escotar to cut a thing so as to make it fit, to hollow a
   garment about the neck, perhaps originally, to cut a
   bosom-shaped piece out, and of Teutonic origin; cf. D. schoot
   lap, bosom, G. schoss, Goth. skauts the hem of a garnment.
   Cf. Sheet an expanse.]
   1. A small opening in an outside wall or covering, furnished
      with a lid. Specifically:
      (a) (Naut.) A small opening or hatchway in the deck of a
          ship, large enough to admit a man, and with a lid for
          covering it, also, a like hole in the side or bottom
          of a ship.
      (b) An opening in the roof of a house, with a lid.
          [1913 Webster]

   2. The lid or door which covers or closes an opening in a
      roof, wall, or the like.
      [1913 Webster]

   Scuttle butt, or Scuttle cask (Naut.), a butt or cask
      with a large hole in it, used to contain the fresh water
      for daily use in a ship. --Totten.
      [1913 Webster]

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