beeline
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈbiːlaɪn/
Noun

beeline (plural beelines)

  1. A very direct or quick path or trip.
    to make / strike a beeline for / to something
    The children made a beeline to the swimming pool.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗:
      , Episode 16
      Discussing these and kindred topics they made a beeline across the back of the Customhouse and passed under the Loop Line bridge where a brazier of coke burning in front of a sentrybox or something like one attracted their rather lagging footsteps.
  2. (mining, chiefly, historical) A dynamite fuse made with a small quantity of dynamite powder along its length, so that the spark travels quickly and at a specific known rate.
Translations Verb

beeline (beelines, present participle beelining; past and past participle beelined)

  1. To travel in a straight course, ignoring established paths of travel.



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