—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 beetle, as a cockroach.
—v.i. Chiefly Brit.to move quickly; scurry: He beetled off to catch the train.
—n. 1. a heavy hammering or ramming instrument, usually of wood, used to drive wedges, force down paving stones, compress loose earth, etc.
2. any of various wooden instruments for beating linen, mashing potatoes, etc.
—v.t. 1. to use a beetle on; drive, ram, beat, or crush with a beetle.
2. to finish (cloth) with a beetling machine.