Meaning of BEETLE in English

BEETLE

~ 1

■ 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 ~ is drawn or assembled.

■ verb informal make one's way hurriedly or with short, quick steps.

Origin

OE bitula , bitela 'biter', from the base of bītan 'to bite'.

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~ 2

■ noun

1》 a very heavy mallet.

2》 a machine used for heightening the lustre of cloth by pressure from rollers.

■ verb

1》 ram, crush, or drive in with a ~.

2》 finish (cloth) with a ~.

Origin

OE bētel , of Gmc origin.

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~ 3

■ verb [usu. as adjective beetling ] (especially of a person's eyebrows) project or overhang.

Derivatives

~-browed adjective

Origin

C16: back-form. from ~-browed (ME).

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