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    beat

    beat - Dictionary definition and meaning for word beat

    Definition
    (noun) a regular route for a sentry or policeman
    Synonyms : round
    Example Sentence
    • in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name
    Definition
    (noun) the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
    Synonyms : heartbeat , pulsation , pulse
    Example Sentence
    • he could feel the beat of her heart
    Definition
    (noun) the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
    Synonyms : musical rhythm , rhythm
    Example Sentence
    • the piece has a fast rhythm
    • the conductor set the beat
    Definition
    (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 Definition
    (noun) a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
    Synonyms : beatnik
    Definition
    (noun) the sound of stroke or blow
    Example Sentence
    • he heard the beat of a drum
    Definition
    (noun) (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
    Synonyms : cadence , measure , meter , metre
    Definition
    (noun) a regular rate of repetition
    Example Sentence
    • the cox raised the beat
    Definition
    (noun) a stroke or blow
    Example Sentence
    • the signal was two beats on the steam pipe
    Definition
    (noun) the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing Definition
    (verb) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    Synonyms : beat out , crush , shell , trounce , vanquish
    Example Sentence
    • Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
    • We beat the competition
    • Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game
    Definition
    (verb) give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
    Synonyms : beat up , work over
    Example Sentence
    • Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night
    • The teacher used to beat the students
    Definition
    (verb) hit repeatedly
    Example Sentence
    • beat on the door
    • beat the table with his shoe
    Definition
    (verb) move rhythmically
    Synonyms : pound , thump
    Example Sentence
    • Her heart was beating fast
    Definition
    (verb) shape by beating
    Example Sentence
    • beat swords into ploughshares
    Definition
    (verb) make a rhythmic sound
    Synonyms : drum , thrum
    Example Sentence
    • Rain drummed against the windshield
    • The drums beat all night
    Definition
    (verb) glare or strike with great intensity
    Example Sentence
    • The sun was beating down on us
    Definition
    (verb) move with a thrashing motion
    Synonyms : flap
    Example Sentence
    • The bird flapped its wings
    • The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky
    Definition
    (verb) sail with much tacking or with difficulty
    Example Sentence
    • The boat beat in the strong wind
    Definition
    (verb) stir vigorously
    Synonyms : scramble
    Example Sentence
    • beat the egg whites
    • beat the cream
    Definition
    (verb) strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music
    Example Sentence
    • beat one's breast
    • beat one's foot rhythmically
    Definition
    (verb) be superior
    Example Sentence
    • Reading beats watching television
    • This sure beats work!
    Definition
    (verb) avoid paying
    Synonyms : bunk
    Example Sentence
    • beat the subway fare
    Definition
    (verb) make a sound like a clock or a timer
    Synonyms : tick , ticktack , ticktock
    Example Sentence
    • the clocks were ticking
    • the grandfather clock beat midnight
    Definition
    (verb) move with a flapping motion
    Synonyms : flap
    Example Sentence
    • The bird's wings were flapping
    Definition
    (verb) indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
    Example Sentence
    • Beat the rhythm
    Definition
    (verb) move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
    Synonyms : pulsate , quiver
    Example Sentence
    • the city pulsated with music and excitement
    Definition
    (verb) make by pounding or trampling
    Example Sentence
    • beat a path through the forest
    Definition
    (verb) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
    Example Sentence
    • beat the drum
    Definition
    (verb) strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting Definition
    (verb) beat through cleverness and wit
    Example Sentence
    • I beat the traffic
    • She outfoxed her competitors
    Definition
    (verb) be a mystery or bewildering to
    Example Sentence
    • This beats me!
    • Got me--I don't know the answer!
    • a vexing problem
    • This question really stuck me
    Definition
    (verb) wear out completely
    Synonyms : exhaust , tucker , tucker out , wash up
    Example Sentence
    • This kind of work exhausts me
    • I'm beat
    • He was all washed up after the exam
    Definition
    (adj) very tired
    Synonyms : all in , bushed , dead
    Example Sentence
    • 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
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