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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