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Definitions of beat

  1. (informal) very tired; "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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be superior; "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a stroke or blow; "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a regular rate of repetition; "the cox raised the beat" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the sound of stroke or blow; "he heard the beat of a drum" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; "he could feel the beat of her heart" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a regular route for a sentry or policeman; "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I'm beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; "the city pulsated with music and excitement" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. make a sound like a clock or a timer; "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. 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 Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. hit repeatedly; "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music; "beat one's breast"; "beat one's foot rhythmically" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; "beat the drum" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  29. make by pounding or trampling; "beat a path through the forest" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  30. indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; "Beat the rhythm" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  31. sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  32. move with a flapping motion; "The bird's wings were flapping" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  33. glare or strike with great intensity; "The sun was beating down on us" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  34. avoid paying; "beat the subway fare" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  35. very tired; "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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  36. of Beat Webster Dictionary DB
  37. To strike repeatedly; to lay repeated blows upon; as, to beat one's breast; to beat iron so as to shape it; to beat grain, in order to force out the seeds; to beat eggs and sugar; to beat a drum. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. To punish by blows; to thrash. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. To scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the noise made by striking bushes, etc., for the purpose of rousing game. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. To tread, as a path. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish or conquer; to surpass. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. To give the signal for, by beat of drum; to sound by beat of drum; as, to beat an alarm, a charge, a parley, a retreat; to beat the general, the reveille, the tattoo. See Alarm, Charge, Parley, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. To move with pulsation or throbbing. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. To come or act with violence; to dash or fall with force; to strike anything, as, rain, wind, and waves do. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. To be in agitation or doubt. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. To make progress against the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line or traverse. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. To make a sound when struck; as, the drums beat. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. To make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. A stroke; a blow. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse. Webster Dictionary DB
  54. The rise or fall of the hand or foot, marking the divisions of time; a division of the measure so marked. In the rhythm of music the beat is the unit. Webster Dictionary DB
  55. A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament. Webster Dictionary DB
  56. A sudden swelling or reenforcement of a sound, recurring at regular intervals, and produced by the interference of sound waves of slightly different periods of vibrations; applied also, by analogy, to other kinds of wave motions; the pulsation or throbbing produced by the vibrating together of two tones not quite in unison. See Beat, v. i., 8. Webster Dictionary DB
  57. A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. A place of habitual or frequent resort. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. Weary; tired; fatigued; exhausted. Webster Dictionary DB
  60. One that beats, or surpasses, another or others; as, the beat of him. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. The act of one that beats a person or thing Webster Dictionary DB
  62. The act of obtaining and publishing a piece of news by a newspaper before its competitors; also, the news itself; a scoop. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. The act of scouring, or ranging over, a tract of land to rouse or drive out game; also, those so engaged, collectively. Webster Dictionary DB
  64. A smart tap on the adversary's blade. Webster Dictionary DB
  65. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; - often with out. Webster Dictionary DB
  66. To sound with more or less rapid alternations of greater and less intensity, so as to produce a pulsating effect; - said of instruments, tones, or vibrations, not perfectly in unison. Webster Dictionary DB
  67. A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; - often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat. Webster Dictionary DB
  68. To strike with repeated blows; thrash; knock; pound or break; fiatten or spread by blows; in hunting, to range over in order to rouse and drive out game; as, to beat a thicket for a hare; dash or strike against, as water or wind; tread, as a path; overcome or vanquish; excel; be too difficult for; flutter, as wings. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  69. To strike repeatedly; throb; dash or fall with force or violence; to sound a signal or summons, as by a drum; to sail against the wind by tacking. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  70. A stroke which is made again and again; a throb; a footfall; a round or course which is frequently gone over; as, the policeman's beat; the rise or fall of the hand or foot marking the divisions of time. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  71. Beat. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  72. Beaten, Beat. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  73. Beating. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  74. 1. To strike; to throb or pulsate 2. A stroke or pulsation, as of the heart or pulse. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  75. To strike repeatedly: to break or bruise: to strike, as bushes, in order to rouse game: to thrash: to over-come. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  76. To give strokes repeatedly: to throb: to dash, as a flood or storm:- pr.p. beating; pa.t. beat; pa.p. beaten. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  77. A stroke: a stroke recurring at intervals, or its sound, as of a watch or the pulse: a round or course: a place of resort. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  78. Weary: fatigued. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  79. A repeated stroke; the round of a watchman or patrol. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  80. Beaten. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  81. To give repeated strokes. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  82. To strike repeatedly; overcome. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  83. To strike repeatedly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  84. To excel; overcome; vanquish. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  85. To range over in hunting. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  86. To strike repeated blows; throb; pulsate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  87. To work up against the wind by tacking. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  88. To conquer; win. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  89. A stroke or blow; a pulsation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  90. A space regularly traversed, as by a sentry or a policeman. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  91. Exhausted with exertion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  92. A stroke or blow; a recurring stroke; pulsation or throb; a footfall; a round or course which is often trodden; a place of habitual resort; the rise or fall of the hand and foot, in regulating the time; a transient grace-note, struck immediately before the note it is intended to ornament. Beat of drum, a succession of beats on a drum variously arranged for different orders. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  93. To strike repeatedly; to bruise or break, by beating or pounding; to extend by beating; to strike, as bushes, to rouse game; to thrash; to mix or agitate by beating; to dash or strike, as water; to strike or brush, as wind; to tread, as a path; to vanquish or conquer; to harass; to overlabour; to baffle. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  94. To move with pulsation; to throb; to strike or dash with force, as a storm; to knock, as at a door. To beat down, to break, or throw down; to lay flat down; to crush; to lower the price. To beat back, to compel to retire. To beat into, to instil. To beat up, to attack suddenly, by repetition. To beat the wing, to flutter. To beat off, to drive back. To beat out, to hammer out. To beat the hoof, to go on foot. To beat time, to measure or regulate the time in music by the motion of the hand or foot. To beat the general, to give the signal to march. To beat the tattoo, to summon to quarters. To beat about to try to find, or search by various means or ways. To beat about the bush, to address one's self to a question in an underhand, indirect way. To beat up, to make progress against the direction of the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line, or traverse. To beat up for, to go about, in order to procure. To beat up and down, to run first one way and then another. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  95. To knock; to strike; to strike often; to crush or mix by blows; to overcome in a fight, in battle, or in strife; to throb like the pulse. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  96. A stroke; a throb; the rise or fall of the hand or foot to mark the time in music. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  97. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; -- often with out. mso.anu.edu.au
  98. To sound with more or less rapid alternations of greater and less intensity, so as to produce a pulsating effect; -- said of instruments, tones, or vibrations, not perfectly in unison. mso.anu.edu.au
  99. A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; -- often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat. mso.anu.edu.au
  100. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish, defeat, or conquer; to surpass or be superior to. dictgcide_fs
  101. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; often with out. dictgcide_fs
  102. to baffle or stump; to defy the comprehension of (a person); as, it beats me why he would do that. dictgcide_fs
  103. to evade, avoid, or escape (blame, taxes, punishment); as, to beat the rap (be acquitted); to beat the sales tax by buying out of state. dictgcide_fs
  104. To sound with more or less rapid alternations of greater and less intensity, so as to produce a pulsating effect; said of instruments, tones, or vibrations, not perfectly in unison. dictgcide_fs
  105. A sudden swelling or reBeat, v. i., 8. dictgcide_fs
  106. A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat; analogously, for newspaper reporters, the subject or territory that they are assigned to cover; as, the Washington beat. dictgcide_fs
  107. A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat; also, deadbeat. dictgcide_fs
  108. b[=e]t, v.t. to strike repeatedly: to break or bruise: to strike, as bushes, in order to rouse game: to thrash: to overcome: to be too difficult for: to spread flat and thin by beating with a tool, as gold by a gold-beater--also TO BEAT OUT.--v.i. to give strokes repeatedly: to throb: to dash, as a flood or storm:--pr.p. beat'ing; pa.t. beat; pa.p. beat'en.--n. a recurrent stroke: a stroke recurring at intervals, or its sound, as of a watch or the pulse: a round or course, as a policeman's beat: a place of resort.--adj. weary: fatigued.--adj. BEAT'EN, made smooth or hard by beating or treading: trite: worn by use.--ns. BEAT'ER, one that beats or strikes: one who rouses or beats up game: a crushing instrument; BEAT'ING, the act of striking: chastisement by blows: regular pulsation or throbbing: rousing of game: exercising the brain.--BEATEN WORK, metal shaped by being hammered on an anvil or block of the necessary shape.--DEAD BEAT, completely exhausted.--TO BEAT ABOUT THE BUSH, to approach a subject in an indirect way; TO BEAT A RETREAT, to retreat, originally to beat the drum as a signal for retreat; TO BEAT OFF, to drive back; TO BEAT OUT, to work out fully, to make gold or silver leaf out of solid metal; TO BEAT THE AIR, to fight to no purpose, or against an imaginary enemy; TO BEAT THE BOUNDS, to trace out the boundaries of a parish in a periodic survey or perambulation, certain natural objects in the line of journey being formally struck with a rod, and sometimes also the boys whipped to make them remember; TO BEAT THE BRAINS, to puzzle one's brains about something; TO BEAT THE TATTOO (mil.), to sound the drum for evening roll-call; TO BEAT UP, to alarm by a sudden attack: to disturb: to pay an untimeous visit to any one--also in 'to beat up for recruits,' to go about a town to enlist men. [A.S. béatan, pa.t. béot.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  109. A pulsation produced by two notes not in unison sounding together. na
  110. (past beat; p.p. beaten, but beat in dead-beat, often in sense surpassed, & sometimes in other senses). Strike repeatedly (t. & i.; b. the breast, in mourning; b. black& blue, bruise; b. the air, strive in vain; b. at door, knock loudly; b. path, make it by trampling), inflict blows on, (of sun, rain, wind) strike (upon something, or abs.); overcome, surpass (b. hollow, easily), be too hard for, perplex; move up& down (t. & i. of wings); move rhythmically (heart &c. beats, b. time, seconds, &c.); shift, drive, alter, deform, by blows (b. down, back, away, off; b. in, crush; b. down price or seller, cheapen or bargain with; b. up eggs &c., reduce to froth, powder, paste; b. or b. out metal, forge); (Naut.) b. up, about. strive, tack, against wind; strike (bushes, water) to rouse game (b. about the bush, approach subject slowly, shilly-shally; b. up recruits &c., collect; b. up the quarters of, visit; b. one\'s brains, search for ideas; b. the bounds, mark parish boundaries by striking certain points with rods); play the drum (b. a parley, a retreat, propose terms, retire). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  111. Stroke on drum, signal so given; movement of conductor\'s baton; measured sequence of strokes or sounds; throbbing; sentinel\'s or constable\'s appointed course; one\'s habitual round; sportsman\'s range. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  112. A throb, as of the heart or pulse. American pocket medical dictionary.
  113. A stroke, a pulsation, as of the heart or an artery Appleton's medical dictionary.
  114. n. A stroke;-a recurring stroke ; a pulsation;-the rise or fall of the hand or foot, in regulating time;-a round or course prescribed or frequently gone over ;-a place of frequent resort. Cabinet Dictionary
  115. Stroke, manner of striking. Complete Dictionary

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