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BEAT noun

Definition of beat (noun)

  1. a regular route for a sentry or policeman
    • "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
    • synonyms: round
  2. the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
  3. the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
  4. 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
  5. a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
  6. the sound of stroke or blow
    • "he heard the beat of a drum"
  7. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
  8. a regular rate of repetition
    • "the cox raised the beat"
  9. a stroke or blow
    • "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
  10. the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing

BEAT verb

Definition of beat (verb)

  1. 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"
    • synonyms: beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
  2. 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"
    • synonyms: beat up, work over
  3. hit repeatedly
    • "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
  4. move rhythmically
    • "Her heart was beating fast"
    • synonyms: pound, thump
  5. shape by beating
    • "beat swords into ploughshares"
  6. make a rhythmic sound
    • "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"
    • synonyms: drum, thrum
  7. glare or strike with great intensity
    • "The sun was beating down on us"
  8. move with a thrashing motion
    • "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
    • synonyms: flap
  9. sail with much tacking or with difficulty
    • "The boat beat in the strong wind"
  10. stir vigorously
    • "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"
    • synonyms: scramble
  11. 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"
  12. be superior
    • "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
  13. avoid paying
    • "beat the subway fare"
    • synonyms: bunk
  14. make a sound like a clock or a timer
  15. move with a flapping motion
    • "The bird's wings were flapping"
    • synonyms: flap
  16. indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
    • "Beat the rhythm"
  17. move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
    • "the city pulsated with music and excitement"
    • synonyms: pulsate, quiver
  18. make by pounding or trampling
    • "beat a path through the forest"
  19. produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
    • "beat the drum"
  20. strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
  21. beat through cleverness and wit
  22. be a mystery or bewildering to
  23. wear out completely

BEAT adjective

Definition of beat (adjective)

  1. 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"
    • synonyms: all in, bushed, dead
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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