Definitions for beetleˈbit l

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beetle(noun)

    insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings

  2. mallet, beetle(adj)

    a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing

  3. beetle, beetling(verb)

    jutting or overhanging

    "beetle brows"

  4. overhang, beetle(verb)

    be suspended over or hang over

    "This huge rock beetles over the edge of the town"

  5. beetle(verb)

    fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle

    "He beetled up the staircase"; "They beetled off home"

  6. beetle(verb)

    beat with a beetle

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beetle(verb)

    a heavy mallet, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, etc

  2. Beetle(verb)

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

  3. Beetle(verb)

    to beat with a heavy mallet

  4. Beetle(verb)

    to finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine; as, to beetle cotton goods

  5. Beetle(verb)

    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

  6. Beetle(verb)

    to extend over and beyond the base or support; to overhang; to jut

Freebase

  1. Beetle

    The Coleoptera order of insects is commonly called beetles. The word "coleoptera" is from the Greek κολεός, koleos, meaning "sheath"; and πτερόν, pteron, meaning "wing", thus "sheathed wing", because most beetles have two pairs of wings, the front pair, the "elytra", being hardened and thickened into a sheath-like, or shell-like, protection for the rear pair, and for the rear part of the beetle's body. The superficial consistency of most beetles' morphology, in particular their possession of elytra, has long suggested that the Coleoptera are monophyletic, but growing evidence indicates this is unjustified, there being arguments, for example, in favour of allocating the current suborder Adephaga their own order, or very likely even more than one.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Moorish Proverb:

    Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.

  2. Richard Livingstone:

    There is no virtue in being uncritical nor is it a habit to which the young are given. But criticism is only the burying beetle that gets rid of what is dead, and, since the world lives by creative and constructive forces, and not by negation and destruction, it is better to grow up in the company of prophets than of critics.

  3. Primo Levi:

    After the planet becomes theirs, many millions of years will have to pass before a beetle particularly loved by God, at the end of its calculations will find written on a sheet of paper in letters of fire that energy is equal to the mass multiplied by the square of the velocity of light. The new kings of the world will live tranquilly for a long time, confining themselves to devouring each other and being parasites among each other on a cottage industry scale.

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