Definition of Beat

1. Noun. A regular route for a sentry or policeman. "In the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"

Exact synonyms: Round
Generic synonyms: Itinerary, Path, Route

2. Verb. Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict. "The fighter managed to beat his opponent"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

3. Adjective. Very tired. "I'm dead after that long trip"
Exact synonyms: All In, Bushed, Dead
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Tired

4. Noun. The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart. "He could feel the beat of her heart"
Exact synonyms: Heartbeat, Pulsation, Pulse
Generic synonyms: Periodic Event, Recurrent Event
Specialized synonyms: Diastole, Systole, Pounding, Throb, Throbbing
Derivative terms: Pulsate, Pulsate, Pulse

5. Verb. Give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression. "They want to beat the prisoners "; "The teacher used to beat the students"

6. Noun. The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music. "The conductor set the beat"
Exact synonyms: Musical Rhythm, Rhythm
Specialized synonyms: Backbeat, Downbeat, Offbeat, Upbeat, Syncopation
Generic synonyms: Musical Time

7. Verb. Hit repeatedly. "Beat the table with his shoe"
Specialized synonyms: Full, Beetle, Bastinado, Coldcock, Deck, Dump, Floor, Knock Down, Whang, Paste, Thrash, Thresh, Hammer
Generic synonyms: Strike
Derivative terms: Beater

8. 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.
Generic synonyms: Oscillation, Vibration

9. Verb. Move rhythmically. "Her heart was beating fast"
Exact synonyms: Pound, Thump
Generic synonyms: Move
Specialized synonyms: Pulsate, Pulse, Throb, Flutter, Palpitate, Thrash, Flap
Derivative terms: Pounding

10. Noun. A member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior.
Exact synonyms: Beatnik
Group relationships: Beat Generation, Beatniks, Beats
Generic synonyms: Nonconformist, Recusant

11. Verb. Shape by beating. "The chef wants to beat the eggs "; "Beat swords into ploughshares"
Generic synonyms: Forge, Form, Mold, Mould, Shape, Work
Specialized synonyms: Forge, Hammer

12. Noun. The sound of stroke or blow. "He heard the beat of a drum"
Generic synonyms: Sound

13. Verb. Make a rhythmic sound. "The drums beat all night"
Exact synonyms: Drum, Thrum
Generic synonyms: Go, Sound
Derivative terms: Drummer

14. Verb. Glare or strike with great intensity. "The sun was beating down on us"
Generic synonyms: Glare

15. Noun. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse.
Exact synonyms: Cadence, Measure, Meter, Metre
Category relationships: Metrics, Prosody
Generic synonyms: Poetic Rhythm, Prosody, Rhythmic Pattern
Specialized synonyms: Catalexis, Scansion, Common Measure, Common Meter, Foot, Metrical Foot, Metrical Unit
Derivative terms: Metrical, Metrical

16. Verb. Move with a thrashing motion. "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
Exact synonyms: Flap
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Specialized synonyms: Flutter, Bate, Clap
Related verbs: Flap
Derivative terms: Flap, Flapping

17. Noun. A regular rate of repetition. "The cox raised the beat"
Generic synonyms: Pace, Rate

18. Noun. A stroke or blow. "The signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
Generic synonyms: Stroke

19. Verb. Sail with much tacking or with difficulty. "The boat beat in the strong wind"
Category relationships: Navigation, Pilotage, Piloting
Generic synonyms: Sail

20. Noun. The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing.
Generic synonyms: Sailing

21. Verb. Stir vigorously. "Beat the cream"
Exact synonyms: Scramble
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Specialized synonyms: Whip, Whisk, Cream
Generic synonyms: Agitate, Commove, Disturb, Raise Up, Shake Up, Stir Up, Vex
Derivative terms: Beater

22. Verb. Strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music. "Beat one's foot rhythmically"
Generic synonyms: Strike

23. Verb. Be superior. "This sure beats work!"
Generic synonyms: Be

24. Verb. Avoid paying. "Beat the subway fare"
Exact synonyms: Bunk
Generic synonyms: Cheat, Chisel, Rip Off

25. Verb. Make a sound like a clock or a timer. "The grandfather clock beat midnight"
Exact synonyms: Tick, Ticktack, Ticktock
Generic synonyms: Go, Sound
Derivative terms: Tick, Ticker, Ticking, Ticktock

26. Verb. Move with a flapping motion. "The bird's wings were flapping"
Exact synonyms: Flap
Generic synonyms: Move
Related verbs: Flap
Specialized synonyms: Flail, Thresh, Clap
Derivative terms: Flap, Flapping

27. Verb. Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks. "Beat the rhythm"
Related verbs: Pound, Thump, Drum, Thrum
Specialized synonyms: Beat Out, Tap Out, Thump Out

28. Verb. Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion. "The city pulsated with music and excitement"
Exact synonyms: Pulsate, Quiver
Generic synonyms: Move
Related verbs: Pulsate, Pulse, Throb

29. Verb. Make by pounding or trampling. "Beat a path through the forest"
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Entails: Trample, Tread

30. Verb. Produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly. "Beat the drum"
Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Play

31. Verb. Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting.

32. Verb. Beat through cleverness and wit. "Sam cannot beat Sue "; "She outfoxed her competitors"
Exact synonyms: Circumvent, Outfox, Outsmart, Outwit, Overreach
Related verbs: Beat Out, Crush, Shell, Trounce, Vanquish
Generic synonyms: Exceed, Outdo, Outgo, Outmatch, Outperform, Outstrip, Surmount, Surpass
Derivative terms: Beatable

33. Verb. Be a mystery or bewildering to. "The good news will beat her"; "This question really stuck me"

34. Verb. Wear out completely. "The performance is likely to beat Sue"; "He was all washed up after the exam"
Exact synonyms: Exhaust, Tucker, Tucker Out, Wash Up
Generic synonyms: Fag, Fag Out, Fatigue, Jade, Outwear, Tire, Tire Out, Wear, Wear Down, Wear Out, Wear Upon, Weary
Specialized synonyms: Frazzle, Play, Kill
Derivative terms: Exhaustion

Definition of Beat

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.

3. n. A stroke; a blow.

4. a. Weary; tired; fatigued; exhausted.

5. n. One that beats, or surpasses, another or others; as, the beat of him.

Definition of Beat

1. Noun. A pulsation or throb. ¹

2. Noun. A pulse on the beat level, the metric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Thus a beat is the basic time unit of a piece. ¹

3. Noun. A rhythm. ¹

4. Noun. The interference between two tones of almost equal frequency ¹

5. Noun. A short pause in a play, screenplay, or teleplay, for dramatic or comedic effect. ¹

6. Noun. (law enforcement) The route of a patrol by a guard or officer as in ''walk the beat''. ¹

7. Noun. In newspapering, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business etc.). ¹

8. Noun. The instrumental portion of a piece of hip-hop music. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To hit; to knock; to pound; to strike. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To win against; to defeat or overcome; to do better than, outdo, or excel (someone) in a particular, competitive event. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive nautical) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind. ¹

13. Verb. To mix food in a rapid fashion. ''Compare whip.'' ¹

14. Verb. (transitive UK In haggling for a price) of a buyer, to persuade the seller to reduce a price ¹

15. Verb. (nonstandard) (past participle of beat) ¹

16. Verb. (transitive) To indicate by beating or drumming. ¹

17. Adjective. (US slang) dilapidated, beat up ¹

18. Adjective. exhausted ¹

19. Adjective. (gay slang) fabulous ¹

20. Noun. A beatnik. ¹

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Definition of Beat

1. to strike repeatedly [v BEAT, BEATEN, BEATING, BEATS] : BEATABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Beat

1. 1. 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. "Thou shalt beat some of it [spices] very small." (Ex. Xxx. 36) "They did beat the gold into thin plates." (Ex. Xxxix. 3) 2. To punish by blows; to thrash. 3. To scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the noise made by striking bushes, etc, for the purpose of rousing game. "To beat the woods, and rouse the bounding prey." (Prior) 4. To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind. "A frozen continent . . . Beat with perpetual storms." (Milton) 5. To tread, as a path. "Pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way." (Blackmore) 6. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish or conquer; to surpass. "He beat them in a bloody battle." (Prescott) "For loveliness, it would be hard to beat that." (M. Arnold) 7. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; often with out. 8. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble. "Why should any one . . . Beat his head about the Latin grammar who does not intend to be a critic?" (Locke) 9. 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. To beat down, to haggle with (any one) to secure a lower price; to force down. To beat into, to teach or instill, by repetition. To beat off, to repel or drive back. To beat out, to extend by hammering. To beat out of a thing, to cause to relinquish it, or give it up. "Nor can anything beat their posterity out of it to this day." . To beat the dust. To take in too little ground with the fore legs, as a horse. To perform curvets too precipitately or too low. To beat the hoof, to walk; to go on foot. To beat the wing, to flutter; to move with fluttering agitation. To beat time, to measure or regulate time in music by the motion of the hand or foot. To beat up, to attack suddenly; to alarm or disturb; as, to beat up an enemy's quarters. Synonym: To strike, pound, bang, buffet, maul, drub, thump, baste, thwack, thrash, pommel, cudgel, belabor, conquer, defeat, vanquish, overcome. Origin: OE. Beaten, beten, AS. Beatan; akin to Icel. Bauta, OHG. Bzan. Cf. 1st Butt, Button. 1. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blaows; to knock vigorously or loudly. "The men of the city . . . Beat at the door." (Judges. Xix. 22) 2. To move with pulsation or throbbing. "A thousand hearts beat happily." (Byron) 3. To come or act with violence; to dash or fall with force; to strike anything, as, rain, wind, and waves do. "Sees rolling tempests vainly beat below." (Dryden) "They [winds] beat at the crazy casement." (Longfellow) "The sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wisbed in himself to die." (Jonah iv. 8) "Public envy seemeth to beat chiefly upon ministers." (Bacon) 4. To be in agitation or doubt. "To still my beating mind." (Shak). 5. To make progress against the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line or traverse. 6. To make a sound when struck; as, the drums beat. 7. To make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters. 8. 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. A beating wind, to run first one way and then another; said of a stag. To beat up for recruits, to go diligently about in order to get helpers or participators in an enterprise. 1. A stroke; a blow. "He, with a careless beat, Struck out the mute creation at a heat." (Dryden) 2. A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse. 3. 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. A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament. 4. 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. 5. A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat. 6. A place of habitual or frequent resort. 7. A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat. Beat of drum, a succession of strokes varied, in different ways, for particular purposes, as to regulate a march, to call soldiers to their arms or quarters, to direct an attack, or retreat, etc. Beat of a watch, or clock, the stroke or sound made by the action of the escapement. A clock is in beat or out of beat, according as the strokes is at equal or unequal intervals. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Beat

beasts of burden
beasts of prey
beat-to-beat variability
beat 'em up
beat 'em ups
beat Banaghan
beat a dead horse
beat a retreat
beat about
beat about the bush
beat around the bush
beat back
beat cop

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