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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
beetle
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
black
▪ Tiny, polished black pollen beetles crawled over her hand: she had become part of their landscape.
▪ A group identity, the way they say black beetles do?
▪ And she couldn't sleep on the floor of the factory with the mice skittering round, and the black beetles everywhere.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A group identity, the way they say black beetles do?
▪ If you are curious about the bombardier beetle, by the way, what actually happens is as follows.
▪ It is found mainly in timbers less than fifty years old and is a much larger insect than the furniture beetle.
▪ The house longhorn beetle is another insect pest which seems to be confined to parts of Hampshire and south-west Surrey.
▪ The presence of beetles is acknowledged as an indicator of the general health of the forest.
▪ There also were beetles crawling on the ice in slow motion.
▪ Three hundred thousand kinds of beetles are known, far more than any other group.
▪ You know that story of the man who wakes up and finds he's turned into a beetle?
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Crowe offered a pathetic excuse about investigating woodworm infestation for his nature column, but I soon beetled the truth out of him.
▪ It is useless to beetle your brow in what you clearly believe to be a threatening fashion.
▪ The little mouth was born with a scowl, the brows positively beetle over the turned-up be-ringed breathing apparatus.
▪ They beetled past; a game to top each other's sniggers.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Beetle

Beetle \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.

Beetle mite (Zo["o]l.), one of many species of mites, of the family Oribatid[ae], parasitic on beetles.

Black beetle, the common large black cockroach ( Blatta orientalis).

Beetle

Beetle \Bee"tle\, v. i. [See Beetlebrowed.] To extend over and beyond the base or support; to overhang; to jut.

To the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea.
--Shak.

Each beetling rampart, and each tower sublime.
--Wordsworth.

Beetle

Beetle \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.

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

Beetle

Beetle \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.

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
beetle

type of insect, Old English bitela "beetle," literally "little biter," from bitel "biting," related to bitan "to bite" (see bite). As a nickname for the original Volkswagen car, 1946, translating German Käfer.

beetle

"project, overhang," c.1600, back-formation from bitelbrouwed "grim-browed, sullen" (mid-14c.), from bitel "sharp-edged, sharp" (c.1200), probably a compound from Old English *bitol "biting, sharp," related to bite, + brow, which in Middle English meant "eyebrow," not "forehead." Meaning "to overhang dangerously" (of cliffs, etc.) is from c.1600. Related: Beetled; beetling.

beetle

beating tool, Old English bietel, from Proto-Germanic *bautilo-z, from *bautan "to beat" (see beat (v.)).

Wiktionary
beetle

Etymology 1 alt. 1 Any of numerous species of insect in the order Coleoptera characterized by a pair of hard, shell-like front wings which cover and protect a pair of rear wings when at rest. 2 (context uncountable English) A game of chance in which players attempt to complete a drawing of a beetle, different dice rolls allowing them to add the various body parts. n. 1 Any of numerous species of insect in the order Coleoptera characterized by a pair of hard, shell-like front wings which cover and protect a pair of rear wings when at rest. 2 (context uncountable English) A game of chance in which players attempt to complete a drawing of a beetle, different dice rolls allowing them to add the various body parts. vb. To move away quickly, to scurry away. Etymology 2

  1. Protruding, jutting, overhanging. (As in ''beetle brows''.) v

  2. To loom over; to extend or jut. Etymology 3

    n. 1 A type of mallet with a large wooden head, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, et

  3. 2 A machine in which fabrics are subjected to a hammering process while passing over rollers, as in cotton mills; a beetling machine. vb. 1 To beat with a heavy mallet. 2 To finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine.

WordNet
beetle

adj. jutting or overhanging; "beetle brows" [syn: beetling]

beetle
  1. n. 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 [syn: mallet]

beetle
  1. v. be suspended over or hang over; "This huge rock beetles over the edge of the town" [syn: 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

Wikipedia
Beetle (ASIC)

The Beetle ASIC is an analog readout chip. It is developed for the LHCb experiment at CERN.

Beetle (game)

Beetle is a British party game in which one draws a beetle in parts. The game may be played solely with pen, paper and a die or using a commercial game set, some of which contain custom scorepads and dice and others which contain pieces which snap together to make a beetle/bug. It is sometimes called Cooties or Bugs. The game is entirely based on random die rolls, with no skill involved.

Beetle

Beetles are a group of insects that form the orderColeoptera. The word "coleoptera" is from the Greek , koleos, meaning "sheath"; and , 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 shell-like protection for the rear pair and the beetle's abdomen. The order contains more species than any other order, constituting almost 25% of all known life-forms. About 40% of all described insect species are beetles (about 400,000 species), and new species are discovered frequently. The largest taxonomic family, the Curculionidae (the weevils or snout beetles), also belongs to this order.

The diversity of beetles is very wide-ranging. They are found in almost all types of habitats, but are not known to occur in the sea or in the polar regions. They interact with their ecosystems in several ways. They often feed on plants and fungi, break down animal and plant debris, and eat other invertebrates. Some species are prey of various animals including birds and mammals. Certain species are agricultural pests, such as the Colorado potato beetleLeptinotarsa decemlineata, the boll weevilAnthonomus grandis, the red flour beetleTribolium castaneum, and the mungbean or cowpea beetle Callosobruchus maculatus, while other species of beetles are important controls of agricultural pests. For example, beetles in the family Coccinellidae ("ladybirds" or "ladybugs") consume aphids, scale insects, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects that damage crops.

Species in the order Coleoptera are generally characterized by a particularly hard exoskeleton and hard forewings ( elytra, singular elytron). These elytra distinguish beetles from most other insect species, except for a few species of Hemiptera. The beetle's exoskeleton is made up of numerous plates called sclerites, separated by thin sutures. This design creates the armored defenses of the beetle while maintaining flexibility. The general anatomy of a beetle is quite uniform, although specific organs and appendages may vary greatly in appearance and function between the many families in the order. Like all insects, beetles' bodies are divided into three sections: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. Coleopteran internal morphology is similar to other insects, although there are several examples of novelty. Such examples include species of water beetle which use air bubbles in order to dive under the water, and can remain submerged thanks to passive diffusion as oxygen moves from the water into the bubble.

Beetles are endopterygotes, which means that they undergo complete metamorphosis, a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, undergoing a series of conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in their body structure. Coleopteran species have an extremely intricate behavior when mating, using such methods as pheromones for communication to locate potential mates. Males may fight for females using very elongated mandibles, causing a strong divergence between males and females in sexual dimorphism.

Beetle (disambiguation)

A beetle is an insect belonging to the order Coleoptera.

Beetle may also refer to:

  • The Volkswagen Beetle (made 1938–2003), or two Volkswagen models with derivative styling:
    • Volkswagen New Beetle (made 1997–2010)
    • Volkswagen Beetle (A5) (made from 2011)
  • Alan Ackerman Beetle (1913–2003), U.S. botanist
  • Alexandria Beetles, a collegiate summer baseball league team
  • Beetle (ASIC), an analog readout chip developed for the LHCb
  • Beetle Bailey, a newspaper comic strip
  • Beetle (comics), the alias of three characters in the Marvel Comics universe
  • Beetle (game), a simple dice game
  • Beetle (JR Kyushu), a Japanese ferry service
  • Beetle Spur, Mount Patrick, Antarctica
  • Beetle tank, one name for the Goliath tracked mine, a German World War II armoured fighting vehicle
  • Beetle, a large wooden mallet used in timber framing, also called a commander
  • Beetle, Kentucky, United States
  • Black Beetle (disambiguation)
  • Blue Beetle, the alias of several characters in the DC Comics universe
  • Buzzy Beetles, enemies in the Mario video game series
  • Red Beetle, a DC Comics character
  • The Beetle (film), a 1919 British silent film
  • The Beetle (novel), an 1897 novel by Richard Marsh
  • Walter Bedell Smith (1895–1961), U.S. Army general nicknamed "Beetle"
Beetle (comics)

The Beetle is the name used by multiple fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is also the name of the three versions of high tech armor used by seven separate characters.

Beetle (JR Kyushu)

is a hydrofoil ferry service that travels between Fukuoka, Japan and Busan, South Korea. It is operated by JR Kyushu Jet Ferry, a division of Kyushu Railway Company.

Although journey times are longer, ferry travel is generally much cheaper than flying, with direct connections available between several major Japanese port cities and China, Korea and Russia.

Ferry schedules are subject to seasonal changes and may vary according to the weather.

Beetle (solitaire)

Beetle is a difficult solitaire game using two decks of playing cards. The game is similar to "Spider", except the Tableau cards are faced up. The object of the game is to group all of the cards into sets of 13 in suit.

Usage examples of "beetle".

RavenCrest snapped, drawing himself to his full height and glaring at the birdman from under beetling black eyebrows.

Unlike the bombardier beetles, they seemed to have no obvious form of communication.

The silk is transported to the city of the bombardier beetles, five miles to the north.

It is much more important, you see, than measuring nutrient levels and concocting chemical formulae for the annihilation of borer beetles.

The Japanese beetle, the citrous scale, the chestnut blight, and the elm borer spread to every corner of the world, and from one forgotten pesthole in Borneo, leprosy, long imagined extinct, reappeared.

The root stocks of the Yellow Water Lily, when bruised, and infused in milk, will destroy beetles and cockroaches.

So we thought happy thoughts and did happy things until at last I made out the tiny dark speck, like a water beetle on the brazen surface of the sea, as Chubby returned from St.

The shelve of the beach saved the cave from being flooded and the beetling of the cliff kept it dry and within a couple of feet of the entrance but it could not keep out the rain smell, the raw smell of Kerguelen carried from inland, the smell of bog patches and new washed dolerite and bitter vegetation, keen, like the smell of the Stone Age.

The shying pterabird balked at passing under a low arch of brick that dripped stalactites of beetle mucus.

There were gobble-mole ditches druggled through the meadow, dirt thrown up on either side in little dikes, a shower of earth flying up from time to time to mark the location of the mole as it druggled for beetles and worms and blind snakes.

Beetle ejected at a forty-five-degree angle from the cockpit, fire blazing under the ejection seat as the rocket drove him through the air.

They are scarcely half buried before some beetle runs to them and destroys them by an eviscerating wound.

He was conscience-ridden, and snatched exiguous half-hours for Mary and his beetles.

Aurelius Hauser examined his white shirtfront, and, finding a small beetle making its laborious way up it, he plucked it off, crushed it between spatulate thumb and forefinger with a satisfying chitinous crackle, and tossed it away.

When Jim was done, Hec looked at him for a long time, as if the boy were some rare specimen of beetle and Hec was a scientist trying to figure out what genus he belonged to.