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Definitions of beat:

  • noun:   the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
  • noun:   a stroke or blow
    Example: "The signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
  • noun:   a regular rate of repetition
    Example: "The cox raised the beat"
  • noun:   the sound of stroke or blow
    Example: "He heard the beat of a drum"
  • noun:   a regular route for a sentry or policeman
    Example: "In the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
  • 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
  • noun:   the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
    Example: "The conductor set the beat"
  • noun:   a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
  • noun:   (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
  • noun:   the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
    Example: "He could feel the beat of her heart"
  • verb:   move with a flapping motion
  • verb:   move with a thrashing motion
    Example: "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
  • verb:   glare or strike with great intensity
    Example: "The sun was beating down on us"
  • verb:   avoid paying
    Example: "Beat the subway fare"
  • verb:   be superior
    Example: "Reading beats watching television"
  • verb:   come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    Example: "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"
  • verb:   give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
    Example: "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"
  • verb:   hit repeatedly
    Example: "Beat on the door"
  • verb:   strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
  • verb:   strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music
    Example: "Beat one's breast"
  • verb:   stir vigorously
    Example: "Beat the egg whites"
  • verb:   shape by beating
    Example: "Beat swords into ploughshares"
  • verb:   produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
    Example: "Beat the drum"
  • verb:   make by pounding or trampling
    Example: "Beat a path through the forest"
  • verb:   move rhythmically
    Example: "Her heart was beating fast"
  • verb:   indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
    Example: "Beat the rhythm"
  • verb:   sail with much tacking or with difficulty
    Example: "The boat beat in the strong wind"
  • verb:   make a rhythmic sound
    Example: "The drums beat all night"
  • verb:   move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
  • verb:   wear out completely
    Example: "I'm beat"
  • verb:   make a sound like a clock or a timer
    Example: "The grandfather clock beat midnight"
  • verb:   beat through cleverness and wit
    Example: "I beat the traffic"
  • verb:   be a mystery or bewildering to
    Example: "This beats me!"
  • name:  A surname (very rare: popularity rank in the U.S.: #58553)


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