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


He beelined out the door.

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Out of nowhere, Kim, who’d made a beeline for the open Whitecaps player the instant Ardaiz got his shot away, came sliding in to knock the ball away and his opponent off his feet. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders survive last-minute scare to extend unbeaten mark to four games," 31 Mar. 2019 Drones, which fly low and make a beeline for enemy positions, must be fought on the frontline. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Rushing to Field Drone-Killing Stryker Armored Vehicles," 7 May 2018 After serving in the Navy, cutting his teeth styling hair during the Korean War, Sebring made a beeline for Los Angeles and reinvented himself as Jay Sebring, naming himself after a famous race car track in Florida. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Hollywood Playboy Was L.A.’s First Celebrity Hairstylist," 24 Jan. 2019 Leo O’Brien and Tristan Sites locked eyes from across the room and made a beeline to meet each other. Savannah Eadens,, "Cosplay and manga reign, as Anime Midwest comes to Rosemont," 6 July 2018 On a recent visit to Eureka, Countess Judy Bentinck, a British hat maker whose creations topped many heads at Prince Harry’s wedding, made a beeline for Café Waterfront to try the Kumos. Richard Stenger,, "Everything you need to know about the oyster capital of California," 3 July 2018 Hoyer found himself on the floor without a dance partner as McCarthy made a beeline out a side entrance of the House chamber bound for his office, Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "A User's Manual: What to expect on immigration, border security this week in the House," 18 June 2018 Chef Josh Niland has won awards for his sustainably sourced, Australian seafood dishes, so foodies, locals in the know, and canny visitors make a beeline here for dinner and weekend brunch. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 As soon as the doors open, one person grabs a spot in the checkout line while the other makes a beeline for the big-ticket items. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "16 Habits of People Who Score Big Deals on Black Friday," 14 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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Dictionary Entries near beeline


bee killer




bee louse


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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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