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beat

beat - Dictionary definition and meaning for word beat

Definition
(noun) a regular route for a sentry or policeman
Synonyms : round
Example Sentence
  • in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name

Definition
(noun) the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
Synonyms : heartbeat , pulsation , pulse
Example Sentence
  • he could feel the beat of her heart

Definition
(noun) the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
Synonyms : musical rhythm , rhythm
Example Sentence
  • the piece has a fast rhythm
  • the conductor set the beat

Definition
(noun) a single pulsation of an oscillation produced by adding two waves of different frequencies; has a frequency equal to the difference between the two oscillations
Definition
(noun) a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
Synonyms : beatnik

Definition
(noun) the sound of stroke or blow
Example Sentence
  • he heard the beat of a drum

Definition
(noun) (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
Synonyms : cadence , measure , meter , metre

Definition
(noun) a regular rate of repetition
Example Sentence
  • the cox raised the beat

Definition
(noun) a stroke or blow
Example Sentence
  • the signal was two beats on the steam pipe

Definition
(noun) the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
Definition
(verb) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
Synonyms : beat out , crush , shell , trounce , vanquish
Example Sentence
  • Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
  • We beat the competition
  • Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game

Definition
(verb) give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
Synonyms : beat up , work over
Example Sentence
  • Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night
  • The teacher used to beat the students

Definition
(verb) hit repeatedly
Example Sentence
  • beat on the door
  • beat the table with his shoe

Definition
(verb) move rhythmically
Synonyms : pound , thump
Example Sentence
  • Her heart was beating fast

Definition
(verb) shape by beating
Example Sentence
  • beat swords into ploughshares

Definition
(verb) make a rhythmic sound
Synonyms : drum , thrum
Example Sentence
  • Rain drummed against the windshield
  • The drums beat all night

Definition
(verb) glare or strike with great intensity
Example Sentence
  • The sun was beating down on us

Definition
(verb) move with a thrashing motion
Synonyms : flap
Example Sentence
  • The bird flapped its wings
  • The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky

Definition
(verb) sail with much tacking or with difficulty
Example Sentence
  • The boat beat in the strong wind

Definition
(verb) stir vigorously
Synonyms : scramble
Example Sentence
  • beat the egg whites
  • beat the cream

Definition
(verb) strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music
Example Sentence
  • beat one's breast
  • beat one's foot rhythmically

Definition
(verb) be superior
Example Sentence
  • Reading beats watching television
  • This sure beats work!

Definition
(verb) avoid paying
Synonyms : bunk
Example Sentence
  • beat the subway fare

Definition
(verb) make a sound like a clock or a timer
Synonyms : tick , ticktack , ticktock
Example Sentence
  • the clocks were ticking
  • the grandfather clock beat midnight

Definition
(verb) move with a flapping motion
Synonyms : flap
Example Sentence
  • The bird's wings were flapping

Definition
(verb) indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
Example Sentence
  • Beat the rhythm

Definition
(verb) move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
Synonyms : pulsate , quiver
Example Sentence
  • the city pulsated with music and excitement

Definition
(verb) make by pounding or trampling
Example Sentence
  • beat a path through the forest

Definition
(verb) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
Example Sentence
  • beat the drum

Definition
(verb) strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
Definition
(verb) beat through cleverness and wit
Example Sentence
  • I beat the traffic
  • She outfoxed her competitors

Definition
(verb) be a mystery or bewildering to
Example Sentence
  • This beats me!
  • Got me--I don't know the answer!
  • a vexing problem
  • This question really stuck me

Definition
(verb) wear out completely
Synonyms : exhaust , tucker , tucker out , wash up
Example Sentence
  • This kind of work exhausts me
  • I'm beat
  • He was all washed up after the exam

Definition
(adj) very tired
Synonyms : all in , bushed , dead
Example Sentence
  • was all in at the end of the day
  • so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere
  • bushed after all that exercise
  • I'm dead after that long trip

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