beetle meaning

Pronunciation:   "beetle" in a sentence
Noun: beetle  beet(u)l
  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); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing
    - mallet
Verb: beetle  beet(u)l
  1. Be suspended over or hang over
    "This huge rock beetles over the edge of the town"
    - overhang 
  2. Fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle
    "He beetled up the staircase"; "They beetled off home" 
  3. Beat with a beetle
Adjective: beetle  beet(u)l
  1. Jutting or overhanging
    "beetle brows"
    - beetling

Sounds like: betel

Derived forms: beetles, beetled, beetling

See also: protrusive

Type of: beat, go, hammer, hang, insect, locomote, move, travel

Part of: Coleoptera, order Coleoptera

Encyclopedia: Beetle


[American slang]
n. a Volkswagen automobile.
• We wanted to buy a beetle, but decided on a domestic model.
• I remember when people used to put big windup keys on their beetles to make them look like windup toys.


[British slang]
Verb. To hurry. E.g."I've just spent 2 hours beetling around the shopping precinct looking for a gift for Mick." {Informal}

[Architecture]

A heavy mallet or rammer; used for driving stones into pavement, for driving wedges, etc.; a maul.


[Electronics]
A urea formaldehyde plastic used as a di-
electric material and as a container material.

Examples

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  1. the prospect of bankruptcy beetled over him.
  2. this beetle eats mainly the germ of the grain.
  3. the beetle is, in fact, less elongate.
  4. this kind of beetles have hard shell.
  5. the weevil is a shiny, cylindrical beetle.

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