Beetle

  • 1beetle — beetle1 [bēt′ l] n. [ME bitil < OE bitela < bītan, BITE] 1. any of a large order (Coleoptera) of insects, including weevils, with biting mouthparts and hard front wings (elytra) that cover the membranous hind wings when the hind wings are… …

    English World dictionary

  • 2Beetle — Bee tle, n. [OE. bityl, bittle, AS. b[imac]tel, fr. b[imac]tan 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}.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3Beetle — Bee tle (b[=e] t l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beetled} ( t ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Beetling}.] 1. To beat with a heavy mallet. [1913 Webster] 2. To finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine; as, to beetle cotton goods …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4Beetle — steht für VW New Beetle, Automodell von Oktober 1997 bis Juli 2010 VW Beetle, Nachfolgermodell voraussichtlich ab Herbst 2011 erhältlich Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Begriffe …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 5Beetle — Bee tle, v. i. [See {Beetlebrowed}.] To extend over and beyond the base or support; to overhang; to jut. [1913 Webster] To the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o er his base into the sea. Shak. [1913 Webster] Each beetling rampart, and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6Beetle — Bee tle (b[=e] t l), n. [OE. betel, AS. b[=i]tl, b?tl, mallet, hammer, fr. be[ a]tan to beat. See {Beat}, v. t.] 1. A heavy mallet, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. A machine in which fabrics are subjected to a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7Beetle — also Bug informal AmE a small car made by Volkswagen which has a high, rounded top. It was first produced in the 1930s …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8beetle — vb overhang, jut, project, *bulge, protuberate, protrude, stick out Analogous words: menace, *threaten …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9beetle — ► NOUN ▪ an insect with the forewings modified into hard wing cases that cover the hindwings and abdomen. ► VERB informal ▪ hurry along with short, quick steps. ORIGIN Old English, «biter» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10Beetle — Beetles redirects here. For the band, see The Beatles. For the car, see Volkswagen Beetle. This article is about the insect. For other uses, see Beetle (disambiguation). Beetle Temporal range: 318–0 Ma …

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  • 11beetle — beetle1 /beet l/, n., v., beetled, beetling. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 12beetle — English has three separate words beetle. The commonest, beetle the insect, comes from Old English bitula, which was a derivative of the verb bītan ‘bite’: beetle hence means etymologically ‘the biter’. Beetle ‘hammer’, now largely restricted to… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13beetle — English has three separate words beetle. The commonest, beetle the insect, comes from Old English bitula, which was a derivative of the verb bītan ‘bite’: beetle hence means etymologically ‘the biter’. Beetle ‘hammer’, now largely restricted to… …

    Word origins

  • 14Beetle —  Pour l’article homophone, voir The Beatles. Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Beetle, signifiant scarabée en anglais, peut faire référence à : Beetle, un personnage de dessin… …

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  • 15beetle — beetle1 noun 1》 an insect of a large order distinguished by having forewings modified into hard wing cases that cover and protect the hindwings and abdomen. [Order Coleoptera: many species.] 2》 Brit. a dice game in which a picture of a beetle is… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16beetle — I UK [ˈbiːt(ə)l] / US [ˈbɪt(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms beetle : singular beetle plural beetles an insect with a smooth hard back II UK [ˈbiːt(ə)l] / US [ˈbɪt(ə)l] verb Word forms beetle : present tense I/you/we/they beetle he/she/it beetles …

    English dictionary

  • 17beetle — I. /ˈbitl / (say beetl) noun 1. any insect of the order Coleoptera, characterised by having forewings modified as hard, horny structures (elytra), not vibrated in flight. 2. any of various insects resembling beetles, as the common cockroach. 3.… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 18beetle — 1. n. & v. n. 1 any insect of the order Coleoptera, with modified front wings forming hard protective cases closing over the back wings. 2 colloq. any similar, usu. black, insect. 3 sl. a type of compact rounded Volkswagen saloon car. 4 a dice… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19beetle — I. noun Etymology: Middle English betylle, from Old English bitula; akin to bītan to bite Date: before 12th century 1. any of an order (Coleoptera) of insects having four wings of which the outer pair are modified into stiff elytra that protect… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20beetle — {{11}}beetle (n.1) type of insect, O.E. bitela beetle, lit. little biter, from bitel biting, related to bitan to bite (see BITE (Cf. bite)). As a nickname for the original Volkswagen car, 1946, translating Ger. Käfer. {{12}}beetle (n.2) beat …

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