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.
Bee·tle v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beetled 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.
Bee·tle, n. 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 Zool., one of many species of mites, of the family Oribatidæ, parasitic on beetles.
Black beetle, the common large black cockroach (Blatta orientalis).
Bee·tle, v. i. 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.
adj : jutting or overhanging; "beetle brows" [syn: beetling]
n 1: 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]
v 1: 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
(Heb. hargol, meaning "leaper"). Mention of it is made only in
Lev. 11:22, where it is obvious the word cannot mean properly
the beetle. It denotes some winged creeper with at least four
feet, "which has legs above its feet, to leap withal." The
description plainly points to the locust (q.v.). This has been
an article of food from the earliest times in the East to the
present day. The word is rendered "cricket" in the Revised