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Meaning of beetle

bee•tle

Pronunciation: (bēt'l), [key]
— n., v., -tled, -tling.
—n.
  1. any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, characterized by hard, horny forewings that cover and protect the membranous flight wings.
  2. (loosely) any of various insects resembling the beetle, as a cockroach.
—v.i.
  1. to move quickly; scurry: He beetled off to catch the train.

bee•tle

Pronunciation: (bēt'l), [key]
— n., v., -tled, -tling.
—n.
  1. a heavy hammering or ramming instrument, usually of wood, used to drive wedges, force down paving stones, compress loose earth, etc.
  2. any of various wooden instruments for beating linen, mashing potatoes, etc.
—v.t.
  1. to use a beetle on; drive, ram, beat, or crush with a beetle.
  2. to finish (cloth) with a beetling machine.

bee•tle

Pronunciation: (bēt'l), [key]
— adj., v., -tled, -tling.
—adj.
  1. projecting; overhanging: beetle brows.
—v.i.
  1. to project; jut out; overhang: a cliff that beetles over the sea.
  2. to hang or tower over in a threatening or menacing manner: The prospect of bankruptcy beetled over him.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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