bee·​line | \ ˈbē-ˌlīn How to pronounce beeline (audio) \

Definition of beeline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a straight direct course


beelined; beelining; beelines

Definition of beeline (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go quickly in a straight direct course

Examples of beeline in a Sentence

Verb He beelined out the door.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stoddard and her colleagues saw that within several hours, the local hummingbirds typically learned to recognize whichever color had been paired with the sugar water and make a beeline for that feeder. Popular Science, "Hummingbirds can see colors we can’t even imagine," 17 June 2020 On the same day that the heron was gulping down a mudbug, a large red-eared slider turtle was spotted swimming from underneath the Robinson Park bridge and making a beeline for a brick wall to its right. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Trail grant means Seabrook will get own ‘mountain’ view," 10 June 2020 The hurricane season projections are coming on top of the COVID-19 epidemic this year, which adds a new, very large wrinkle to evacuation or sheltering plans should the worst happen and a hurricane makes a beeline for the U.S. coast. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane season 2020 officially begins today, but it’s already been busy," 1 June 2020 In the clip, Union tells Kaavia to wait for the treat, but the second her mom’s back was turned, the little girl made a beeline for the snacks. Melissa Locker, Time, "Parents Use the Fruit Snack Challenge to Test the Willpower of Kids With the Sweetest Results," 14 May 2020 When you’re truly wiped out, make a beeline to the hot tub or fire pit for views of the Tenmile Moutain Range. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Hostels – yes, we said hostels – are making a comeback: Here are 6 you should try," 17 Dec. 2019 To escape from an awkward conversation, don’t make a beeline to the bar. Sara Jo Nixon, Quartz, "Read this if you’re feeling some kind of way about holiday drinking," 30 Dec. 2019 The Vibe Starting Memorial Day weekend, many make a beeline for the community pool, which is open only to Verona residents. New York Times, "Verona, N.J.: A Hilly Suburb Where You Can Stretch Your Budget," 11 Mar. 2020 Most come for just one show a year, making a beeline for their relevant hall. Tom Rowley, 1843, "My journey to the heart of the great British expo," 6 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the chain’s heyday, Americans in a new home or apartment would beeline to the nearest Pier 1 to find that layer of accessories that personalize a room with the shopper’s own sense of design. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Pier 1 Imports gets buried in a crowded home furnishings market," 30 June 2019 The train of music, marching and merriment stymied tourists trying to beeline from Canal Street hotels to the Quarter. Hanna Krueger,, "“We don’t do pity parties. We do parties”: New Orleans sends Dr. John off in style," 22 June 2019 Divers should beeline to Tuamotus, a cluster of coral atolls with impressive reefs and dive sites. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in September," 25 July 2018 Some singers beeline diligently from point A to point B; Yoakam finds a more scenic route. Elias Leight, Billboard, "Dwight Yoakam Pays Tribute to Bakersfield Sound at Intimate Hamptons Show," 31 Aug. 2017 Some singers beeline diligently from point A to point B Elias Leight, Billboard, "Dwight Yoakam Pays Tribute to Bakersfield Sound at Intimate Hamptons Show," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of beeline


1830, in the meaning defined above


1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beeline


from the belief that nectar-laden bees return to their hives in a direct line

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The first known use of beeline was in 1830

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27 Jun 2020

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“Beeline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beeline

US, informal : to go quickly in a direct course


bee·​line | \ ˈbē-ˌlīn How to pronounce beeline (audio) \

Kids Definition of beeline

: a straight direct course We made a beeline to the dessert table.

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