scuttle

n.

  1. A broad, shallow basket.
  2. A wide-mouthed vessel for holding coal: a coal hod.
  3. A quick pace; a short run.
  4. A small opening in an outside wall or covering, furnished with a lid.
  5. 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.
  6. An opening in the roof of a house, with a lid.
  7. The lid or door which covers or closes an opening in a roof, wall, or the like.

v. i.

  1. To run with affected precipitation; to hurry; to bustle; to scuddle.

v. t.

  1. To cut a hole or holes through the bottom, deck, or sides of (as of a ship), for any purpose.
  2. To sink by making holes through the bottom of; as, to scuttle a ship.