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Meaning & Definition of Beat in English

English

Beat

/bit/

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"
    synonym:
  • beat
  • ,
  • round

2. The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart

  • "He could feel the beat of her heart"
    synonym:
  • pulse
  • ,
  • pulsation
  • ,
  • heartbeat
  • ,
  • beat

3. The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music

  • "The piece has a fast rhythm"
  • "The conductor set the beat"
    synonym:
  • rhythm
  • ,
  • beat
  • ,
  • musical rhythm

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
    synonym:
  • beat

5. A member of the beat generation

  • A nonconformist in dress and behavior
    synonym:
  • beatnik
  • ,
  • beat

6. The sound of stroke or blow

  • "He heard the beat of a drum"
    synonym:
  • beat

7. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

    synonym:
  • meter
  • ,
  • metre
  • ,
  • measure
  • ,
  • beat
  • ,
  • cadence

8. A regular rate of repetition

  • "The cox raised the beat"
    synonym:
  • beat

9. A stroke or blow

  • "The signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
    synonym:
  • beat

10. The act of beating to windward

  • Sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • beat
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • beat
  • ,
  • beat up
  • ,
  • work over

3. Hit repeatedly

  • "Beat on the door"
  • "Beat the table with his shoe"
    synonym:
  • beat

4. Move rhythmically

  • "Her heart was beating fast"
    synonym:
  • beat
  • ,
  • pound
  • ,
  • thump

5. Shape by beating

  • "Beat swords into ploughshares"
    synonym:
  • beat

6. Make a rhythmic sound

  • "Rain drummed against the windshield"
  • "The drums beat all night"
    synonym:
  • drum
  • ,
  • beat
  • ,
  • thrum

7. Glare or strike with great intensity

  • "The sun was beating down on us"
    synonym:
  • beat

8. Move with a thrashing motion

  • "The bird flapped its wings"
  • "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
    synonym:
  • beat
  • ,
  • flap

9. Sail with much tacking or with difficulty

  • "The boat beat in the strong wind"
    synonym:
  • beat

10. Stir vigorously

  • "Beat the egg whites"
  • "Beat the cream"
    synonym:
  • beat
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • beat

12. Be superior

  • "Reading beats watching television"
  • "This sure beats work!"
    synonym:
  • beat

13. Avoid paying

  • "Beat the subway fare"
    synonym:
  • beat
  • ,
  • bunk

14. Make a sound like a clock or a timer

  • "The clocks were ticking"
  • "The grandfather clock beat midnight"
    synonym:
  • tick
  • ,
  • ticktock
  • ,
  • ticktack
  • ,
  • beat

15. Move with a flapping motion

  • "The bird's wings were flapping"
    synonym:
  • beat
  • ,
  • flap

16. Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks

  • "Beat the rhythm"
    synonym:
  • beat

17. Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion

  • "The city pulsated with music and excitement"
    synonym:
  • pulsate
  • ,
  • beat
  • ,
  • quiver

18. Make by pounding or trampling

  • "Beat a path through the forest"
    synonym:
  • beat

19. Produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly

  • "Beat the drum"
    synonym:
  • beat

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

    synonym:
  • beat

21. Beat through cleverness and wit

  • "I beat the traffic"
  • "She outfoxed her competitors"
    synonym:
  • outwit
  • ,
  • overreach
  • ,
  • outsmart
  • ,
  • outfox
  • ,
  • beat
  • ,
  • circumvent

22. 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"
    synonym:
  • perplex
  • ,
  • vex
  • ,
  • stick
  • ,
  • get
  • ,
  • puzzle
  • ,
  • mystify
  • ,
  • baffle
  • ,
  • beat
  • ,
  • pose
  • ,
  • bewilder
  • ,
  • flummox
  • ,
  • stupefy
  • ,
  • nonplus
  • ,
  • gravel
  • ,
  • amaze
  • ,
  • dumbfound

23. Wear out completely

  • "This kind of work exhausts me"
  • "I'm beat"
  • "He was all washed up after the exam"
    synonym:
  • exhaust
  • ,
  • wash up
  • ,
  • beat
  • ,
  • tucker
  • ,
  • tucker out

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"
    synonym:
  • all in(p)
  • ,
  • beat(p)
  • ,
  • bushed(p)
  • ,
  • dead(p)

Examples of using

Tom can't beat me.
I cannot beat my dog. I love him too much.
He possibly argued with his wife, but certainly did not beat her.