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Definition of Beetle


  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.
  3. To beat with a heavy mallet.
  4. To finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine; as, to beetle cotton goods.
  5. 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.
  6. To extend over and beyond the base or support; to overhang; to jut.

Beetle Quotations

Worm or beetle - drought or tempest - on a farmer's land may fall, Each is loaded full o' ruin, but a mortgage beats 'em all.
Will Carleton

For Tim Burton's birthday I gave him a rainbow beetle. He loved it!
Eva Green

In its heyday, the car was an expression of technical flair and design genius: the original Mini, the Beetle, the 2CV, and the Fiat 500 were all, in their various ways, inspired incarnations of functionality.
Martin Jacques

I took Beetle home thinking that after the Korean War was over, I would have to take him out of the Army. I thought, well, what am I going to do with him?
Mort Walker

Maybe the bar is low, but most of the strips that are 50, 60, 70 years old that are on their second or third generation of artists, the humor is pretty bland. There are others by people that were raised on 'Family Guy' or 'South Park' that are edgier. Mine's not as edgy as those, but it's edgier than 'Beetle Bailey.'
Stephan Pastis
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Beetle Translations

beetle in Danish is bille
beetle in Dutch is kever, tor, schildvleugelige
beetle in Italian is coleottero
beetle in Norwegian is bille
beetle in Portuguese is besouro
beetle in Spanish is escarabajo
beetle in Swedish is skalbagge
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