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  Definition of Beat
  1. the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
  2. a stroke or blow; "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
  3. a regular rate of repetition; "the cox raised the beat"
  4. the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat"
  5. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
  6. the sound of stroke or blow; "he heard the beat of a drum"
  7. the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; "he could feel the beat of her heart"
  8. a regular route for a sentry or policeman; "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
  9. a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
  10. 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
  11. wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I''m beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam"
  12. 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"
  13. 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"
  14. beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors"
  15. 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"
  16. hit repeatedly; "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
  17. strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
  18. 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"
  19. stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"
  20. shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares"
  21. produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; "beat the drum"
  22. make by pounding or trampling; "beat a path through the forest"
  23. move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; "the city pulsated with music and excitement"
  24. move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast"
  25. indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; "Beat the rhythm"
  26. sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind"
  27. move with a flapping motion; "The bird''s wings were flapping"
  28. move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
  29. glare or strike with great intensity; "The sun was beating down on us"
  30. make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"
  31. make a sound like a clock or a timer; "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight"
  32. avoid paying; "beat the subway fare"
  33. be superior; "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
Similar Words: rhythm, musical rhythm, meter, metre, measure, cadence, pulse, pulsation, heartbeat, round, beatnik, exhaust, wash up, tucker, tucker out, perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish, outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, circumvent, beat up, work over, scramble, pulsate, quiver, pound, thump, flap, drum, thrum, tick, ticktock, ticktack, bunk


See Also: puzzle over, solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work


Hyponyms: backbeat, downbeat, upbeat, syncopation, catalexis, scansion, common measure, common meter, metrical foot, foot, metrical unit, diastole, systole, throb, throbbing, pounding, frazzle, play, kill, stump, mix up, riddle, elude, escape, outpoint, outscore, walk over, eliminate, worst, pip, mop up, whip, rack up, whomp, spread-eagle, spreadeagle, rout, get the jump, cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockey, surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperform, outflank, trump, best, scoop, outfight, overpower, overmaster, overwhelm, checkmate, mate, immobilize, immobilise, outplay, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lick, strong-arm, soak, pistol-whip, belabour, belabor, rough up, flog, welt, lather, lash, slash, strap, trounce, cane, lambaste, lambast, knock cold, knock out, kayo, thresh, lam, flail, baste, batter, spank, paddle, larrup, full, beetle, bastinado, deck, coldcock, dump, knock down, floor, whang, paste, hammer, whisk, cream, forge, pulsate, pulse, palpitate, flutter, flap, beat out, tap out, thump out, clap, bate


Grouped Verbs: outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, circumvent, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish, pulsate, throb, pulse, drum, thrum, pound, thump, flap


Entailments: win, hit, tread, trample


Member Meronyms: beat generation, beats, beatniks


Derivational Morphology: flap, pound, thump, drum, thrum, tick, ticktock, ticktack, pulsate, throb, pulse, exhaustion, stupefaction, bewilderment, obfuscation, puzzlement, befuddlement, mystification, bafflement, bemusement, poser, stumper, toughie, sticker, puzzle, puzzler, mystifier, teaser, mystery, enigma, secret, closed book, conqueror, vanquisher, thrashing, walloping, debacle, drubbing, slaughter, trouncing, whipping, beating, licking, lacing, whacking, beater, rhythm, musical rhythm, throbbing, pounding, pulsation, heartbeat, flapping, flutter, fluttering, drummer, tocktact, tictac, watch, ticker, ticking


Anagrams: beta, Beta, bate, abet


Language Translations:
Dutch: slaan   French: battre  
German: schlagen   Hebrew: להכות  
Italian: colpire   Portuguese: bater  
Slovene: tolči   Swedish: slå  
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