The beat of a heart.
- The definition of beat is someone or something that is extremely tired and/or worn out.
An example of beat is a person who has just worked 16 hours on his feet.
- Beat is defined as a rhythmic movement, or is the speed at which a piece of music is played.
- An example of beat is the beating of a heart.
- An example of beat is the rhythmic noise played on a drum.
- An example of a beat is the tempo at which a conductor leads an orchestra to play.
- Beat means to hit something over and over again or to form or mix something.
- An example of beat is to hit a rug with a stick in order to get the dirt out.
- An example of beat is to tap a drum.
- An example of beat is to stir heavy cream rapidly, turning it into whipped cream.
- An example of beat is to walk repeatedly through the snow from the house to the garage, resulting in a walkway being created.
- To beat is to win, or to arrive first for something.
- An example of beat is to win a game of checkers against an opponent.
- An example of beat is to arrive first at the finish line in a race.
transitive verb, beat′en, beat′ing
- to hit or strike repeatedly; pound
- to punish by striking repeatedly and hard; whip, flog, spank, etc.
- to dash repeatedly against: waves beat the shore
- to form by repeated treading or riding: to beat a path through grass
- to keep walking on: to beat the pavements
- to shape or flatten by hammering; forge
- to mix by stirring or striking repeatedly with a utensil; whip (an egg, cream, etc.)
- to move (esp. wings) up and down; flap; flail
- to hunt through; search: the posse beat the countryside for the fugitive
- to make, force, or drive by or as by hitting, flailing, or pounding: to beat one's way through a crowd, to beat chalk dust from erasers
- to defeat in a race, contest, or struggle; overcome
- to outdo or surpass
- to act, arrive, or finish before
- to mark (time or rhythm) by tapping, etc.
- to sound or signal, as by a drumbeat
- Informal to baffle or puzzle
- Informal to cheat or trick
- Slang to avoid the penalties associated with (a charge, indictment, etc.); escape (a rap)
Origin of beatMiddle English beten from Old English beatan from Indo-European an unverified form bhaut- from base an unverified form bhau-, an unverified form bh?-, to strike, beat from source beetle, butt and butt, Classical Latin fustis, a club
- to strike, hit, or dash repeatedly and, usually, hard
- to move or sound rhythmically; throb, pulsate, vibrate, tick, etc.
- to strike about in or hunt through underbrush, woods, etc. for game
- to take beating or stirring: this cream doesn't beat well
- to make a sound by being struck, as a drum
- to beat a drum, as to sound a signal
- Informal to win
- Naut. to progress by tacking into the wind
- Radio to combine two waves of different frequencies, thus producing an additional frequency equal to the difference between these
- a beating, as of the heart
- any of a series of blows or strokes
- any of a series of movements or sounds; throb
- a habitual path or round of duty: a policeman's beat
- the subject or area assigned regularly to a news writer
- the unit of musical rhythm: four beats to a measure
- the accent or stress in the rhythm of verse or music
- the gesture of the hand, baton, etc. used to mark this
- Informal a person or thing that surpasses: you never saw the beat of it
- [oftenB-] any of a group of U.S. writers in the 1950s and 1960s whose work grew out of and expressed beat attitudes
- Acoustics the regularly recurring fluctuation in loudness of sound produced by two simultaneous tones of nearly equal frequency
- Ballet a movement in which one leg is brought in contact with the other or both legs are brought together in the air
- Journalism a reporting of a news item ahead of all rivals; scoop
- Naut. a tack into the wind
- Radio one cycle of a frequency formed by beating
- Informal tired out; exhausted, physically or emotionally
- of or belonging to a group of young persons, esp. of the 1950s, rebelling against conventional attitudes, dress, speech, etc., largely as an expression of social disillusionment
- to shine steadily with dazzling light and intense heat, as the sun
- to put down; suppress
- Informal to force to a lower price
- to drive back; repel
- Slang to masturbate: said of a male: somewhat vulgar
beat one's meat
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to beat the band
verbbeat, beat·en, or beat beat·ing, beats
- a. To strike repeatedly.b. To subject to repeated beatings or physical abuse; batter.c. To punish by hitting or whipping; flog.
- a. To strike against repeatedly and with force; pound: waves beating the shore.b. To flap (wings, for example).c. To strike so as to produce music or a signal: beat a drum.d. Music To mark or count (time or rhythm), especially with the hands or with a baton.
- a. To shape or break by repeated blows; forge: beat the glowing metal into a dagger.b. To make by pounding or trampling: beat a path through the jungle.
- To mix rapidly with a utensil: beat two eggs in a bowl.
- a. To defeat or subdue, as in a contest. See Synonyms at defeat.b. To force to withdraw or retreat: beat back the enemy.c. To dislodge from a position: I beat him down to a lower price.
- Informal To be superior to or better than: Riding beats walking.
- Slang To perplex or baffle: It beats me; I don't know the answer.
- Informal a. To avoid or counter the effects of, often by thinking ahead; circumvent: beat the traffic.b. To arrive or finish before (another): We beat you home by five minutes.c. To deprive, as by craft or ability: He beat me out of 20 dollars with his latest scheme.
- Physics To cause a reference wave to combine with (a second wave) so that the frequency of the second wave can be studied through time variations in the amplitude of the combination.
- To inflict repeated blows.
- To pulsate; throb.
- a. To emit sound when struck: The gong beat thunderously.b. To strike a drum.
- To flap repeatedly.
- To shine or glare intensely: The sun beat down on us all day.
- To fall in torrents: The rain beat on the roof.
- To hunt through woods or underbrush in search of game.
- Nautical To sail upwind by tacking repeatedly.
- A stroke or blow, especially one that produces a sound or serves as a signal.
- A pulsation or throb.
- Physics A variation in the amplitude of a wave, especially that which results from the superpositioning of two or more waves of different frequencies. When sound waves are combined, the beat is heard as a pulsation in the sound.
- Music a. A steady succession of units of rhythm.b. A gesture used by a conductor to indicate such a unit.
- A pattern of stress that produces the rhythm of verse.
- A variable unit of time measuring a pause taken by an actor, as for dramatic effect.
- a. The area regularly covered by a reporter, a police officer, or a sentry: television's culture beat.b. The reporting of a news item obtained ahead of one's competitors.
- often Beat A member of the Beat Generation.
- Informal Worn-out; fatigued.
- often Beat Of or relating to the Beat Generation.
Origin of beatMiddle English beten from Old English bēaten ; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
- A stroke; a blow.
- A pulsation or throb.
- a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse
- 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.
- A rhythm.
- (music) A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament.
- The interference between two tones of almost equal frequency
- A short pause in a play, screenplay, or teleplay, for dramatic or comedic effect.
- The route patrolled by a police officer or a guard.
- to walk the beat
- (by extension) An area of a person's responsibility, especially
- In journalism, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business etc.).
- (dated) A place of habitual or frequent resort.
- (archaic) A low cheat or swindler.
- a dead beat
- The instrumental portion of a piece of hip-hop music.
(third-person singular simple present beats, present participle beating, simple past beat, past participle beaten or beat)
- To hit; to knock; to pound; to strike.
- As soon as she heard that Wiktionary was shutting down, she went into a rage and beat the wall with her fists until her knuckles bled.
- To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm.
- He danced hypnotically while she beat the atabaque.
- (intransitive) To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
- (intransitive) To move with pulsation or throbbing.
- To win against; to defeat or overcome; to do better than, outdo, or excel (someone) in a particular, competitive event.
- Jan had little trouble beating John in tennis. He lost five games in a row.
- No matter how quickly Joe finished his test, Roger always beat him.
- I just can't seem to beat the last level of this video game.
- (intransitive, nautical) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
- To strike (water, foliage etc.) in order to drive out game; to travel through (a forest etc.) for hunting.
- To mix food in a rapid fashion. Compare whip.
- Beat the eggs and whip the cream.
- (UK, In haggling for a price) of a buyer, to persuade the seller to reduce a price
- He wanted $50 for it, but I managed to beat him down to $35.
- (nonstandard) past participle of beat
- To indicate by beating or drumming.
- to beat a retreat; to beat to quarters
- To tread, as a path.
- To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
- To be in agitation or doubt.
- To make a sound when struck.
- The drums beat.
- (military, intransitive) To make a succession of strokes on a drum.
- The drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
- 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.
(comparative more beat, superlative most beat)
From Middle English beten, from Old English bēatan (“to beat, pound, strike, lash, dash, thrust, hurt, injure”), from Proto-Germanic *bautaną (“to push, strike”) (compare Low German boten, German boßen, Old Norse bauta), from Proto-Indo-European *bhau- (compare Old Irish fo·botha (“he threatened”), Latin confutō (“I strike down”), fūstis (“stick, club”), Albanian bahe (“sling”), Lithuanian baudžiù, Bulgarian бутам (butam, “I beat, knock”), Old Armenian բութ (butʿ)). Compare Occitan batre, French battre.
- A beatnik.