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Meaning of beetle by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A beetle.


    Late Middle English bityl < Old English bitela “biting” .


    • Rhymes: -iːtəl
    • Homophone: Beatle


    beetle ( plural: beetles )

    1. Any of numerous species of insect in the order Coleoptera characterized by a pair of hard, shell-like front wings which cover and protect a pair of rear wings when at rest .
    2. A type of mallet with a large wooden head .
    3. ( Should we delete( + ) this sense? ) Nickname of two models of car made by Volkswagen .



    beetle ( third-person singular simple present beetles present participle beetling, simple past and past participle beetled )

    1. To move away quickly, to scurry away .
      He beetled off on his vacation .
    2. To loom over .
      The heavy chimney beetled over the thatched roof .

Explanation of beetle by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. beat with a beetle

    2. fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle

    3. He beetled up the staircase
      They beetled off home
    4. be suspended over or hang over

    5. This huge rock beetles over the edge of the town
    1. jutting or overhanging

    2. beetle brows
    1. insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings

    2. a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head ( usually wooden )

    Definition of beetle by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Beetle ( bēt'l ), n. [OE. betel, AS. bītl, btl, mallet, hammer, fr. beátan to beat. See Beat, v. t.]
      1. A heavy mallet, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, etc.

      2. A machine in which fabrics are subjected to a hammering process while passing over rollers, as in cotton mills; -- called also beetling machine. Knight.

    2. Beetle ( bēt'l ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beetled ( -t'ld ); p. pr. & vb. n. Beetling.]
      1. To beat with a heavy mallet.

      2. To finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine; as, “to beetle cotton goods”.

    3. Beetle, n. [OE. bityl, bittle, AS. bītel, fr. bītan to bite. See Bite, v. t.] Any insect of the order Coleoptera, having four wings, the outer pair being stiff cases for covering the others when they are folded up. See Coleoptera.

      Beetle mite ( Zool. ), one of many species of mites, of the family Oribatidæ, parasitic on beetles. -- Black beetle, the common large black cockroach ( Blatta orientalis ).

    4. Beetle, v. i. [See Beetlebrowed.] To extend over and beyond the base or support; to overhang; to jut.

      To the dreadful summit of the cliff

      That beetles o'er his base into the sea. Shak.

      Each beetling rampart, and each tower sublime. Wordsworth.