What does beetle mean?

Definitions for beetle
ˈbit lbee·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beetlenoun

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

  2. mallet, beetleadjective

    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, beetlingverb

    jutting or overhanging

    "beetle brows"

  4. overhang, beetleverb

    be suspended over or hang over

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

  5. beetleverb

    fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle

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

  6. beetleverb

    beat with a beetle

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beetleverb

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

  2. Beetleverb

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

  3. Beetleverb

    to beat with a heavy mallet

  4. Beetleverb

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

  5. Beetleverb

    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. Beetleverb

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beetle

    bē′tl, n. an order of insects technically known as Coleoptera, usually with four wings, the front pair forming hard and horny covers for those behind, which alone are used in flight.—The Black Beetle or cockroach is not a true beetle. [M.E. bityl—A.S. bitula, bitela, bítan, to bite.]

  2. Beetle

    bē′tl, n. a heavy wooden mallet used for driving wedges, crushing or beating down paving-stones, or the like: a wooden pestle-shaped utensil for mashing potatoes, beating linen, &c.—n. Bee′tle-head, a heavy, stupid fellow.—adj. Bee′tle-head′ed. [A.S. bíetel; cog. with béatan, to beat.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. beetle

    A shipwright's heavy mallet for driving the wedges called reeming irons, so as to open the seams in order to caulk. (See REEMING.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beetle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beetle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of beetle in a Sentence

  1. Jim Lee:

    He also ushered in a slew of unique, very personal and eclectic characters for DC such as the Question, Blue Beetle, Hawk and Dove and more, polite and unassuming -- he never sought attention or the limelight but in many ways represented the hidden hero he saw in all of us. #RIPsteveditko.

  2. Robert Cyglicki:

    An attempt to fight the bark beetle with a chainsaw and an ax will bring more damage than benefits.

  3. Ursula Heinen-Esser:

    Within a few weeks, it's completely reversed, and we're now dealing with drought, it'll also have a major impact on the forest and on bark beetle infestation.

  4. Martin Qvarnström:

    Although Silesaurus appears to have ingested numerous individuals of Triamyxa coprolithica, the beetle was likely too small to have been the only targeted prey, instead, Triamyxa likely shared its habitat with larger beetles, which are represented by disarticulated remains in the coprolites, and other prey, which never ended up in the coprolites in a recognizable shape. So it seems likely that Silesaurus was omnivorous, and that a part of its diet was comprised of insects.

  5. Sam Hodder:

    A giant sequoia that was weakened by drought was then subject to impacts by the bark beetle, which then further weakened the tree and made it more susceptible to mortality from fire.

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