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Definitions of beat

  1.   move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; " the city pulsated with music and excitement"
  2.   To knock; to strike; to strike often; to crush or mix by blows; to overcome in a fight, in battle, or in strife; to throb like the pulse.
  3.   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"
  4.   To strike repeatedly; throb; dash or fall with force or violence; to sound a signal or summons, as by a drum; to sail against the wind by tacking.
  5.   stir vigorously; " beat the egg whites"; " beat the cream"
  6.   The act of one that beats a person or thing
  7.   To scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the noise made by striking bushes, etc., for the purpose of rousing game.
  8.   To strike repeated blows; throb; pulsate.
  9.   To range over in hunting.
  10.   A stroke; a blow.
  11.   indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; " Beat the rhythm"
  12.   To strike with repeated blows; thrash; knock; pound or break; fiatten or spread by blows; in hunting, to range over in order to rouse and drive out game; as, to beat a thicket for a hare; dash or strike against, as water or wind; tread, as a path; overcome or vanquish; excel; be too difficult for; flutter, as wings.
  13.   make a sound like a clock or a timer; " the clocks were ticking"; " the grandfather clock beat midnight"
  14.   avoid paying; " beat the subway fare"
  15.   A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse.
  16.   make by pounding or trampling; " beat a path through the forest"
  17.   ( prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
  18.   To punish by blows; to thrash.
  19.   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"
  20.   produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; " beat the drum"
  21.   To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
  22.   of Beat
  23.   To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; - often with out.
  24.   hit repeatedly; " beat on the door"; " beat the table with his shoe"
  25.   glare or strike with great intensity; " The sun was beating down on us"
  26.   Beaten.
  27.   the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; " he could feel the beat of her heart"
  28.   To move with pulsation or throbbing.
  29.   To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
  30.   A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; - often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat.
  31.   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
  32.   A space regularly traversed, as by a sentry or a policeman.
  33.   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"
  34.   A stroke: a stroke recurring at intervals, or its sound, as of a watch or the pulse: a round or course: a place of resort.
  35.   To strike repeatedly; overcome.
  36.   ( informal) 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"
  37.   To move with pulsation; to throb; to strike or dash with force, as a storm; to knock, as at a door. To beat down, to break, or throw down; to lay flat down; to crush; to lower the price. To beat back, to compel to retire. To beat into, to instil. To beat up, to attack suddenly, by repetition. To beat the wing, to flutter. To beat off, to drive back. To beat out, to hammer out. To beat the hoof, to go on foot. To beat time, to measure or regulate the time in music by the motion of the hand or foot. To beat the general, to give the signal to march. To beat the tattoo, to summon to quarters. To beat about to try to find, or search by various means or ways. To beat about the bush, to address one's self to a question in an underhand, indirect way. To beat up, to make progress against the direction of the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line, or traverse. To beat up for, to go about, in order to procure. To beat up and down, to run first one way and then another.
  38.   a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
  39.   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, v. i., 8.
  40.   Weary; tired; fatigued; exhausted.
  41.   To give repeated strokes.
  42.   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"
  43.   A stroke or blow; a recurring stroke; pulsation or throb; a footfall; a round or course which is often trodden; a place of habitual resort; the rise or fall of the hand and foot, in regulating the time; a transient grace- note, struck immediately before the note it is intended to ornament. Beat of drum, a succession of beats on a drum variously arranged for different orders.
  44.   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.
  45.   the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; " the piece has a fast rhythm"; " the conductor set the beat"
  46.   To make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
  47.   To be in agitation or doubt.
  48.   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.
  49.   strike ( water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
  50.   Beat.
  51.   the sound of stroke or blow; " he heard the beat of a drum"
  52.   A stroke which is made again and again; a throb; a footfall; a round or course which is frequently gone over; as, the policeman's beat; the rise or fall of the hand or foot marking the divisions of time.
  53.   1. To strike; to throb or pulsate 2. A stroke or pulsation, as of the heart or pulse.
  54.   a regular rate of repetition; " the cox raised the beat"
  55.   The act of scouring, or ranging over, a tract of land to rouse or drive out game; also, those so engaged, collectively.
  56.   To make a sound when struck; as, the drums beat.
  57.   The act of obtaining and publishing a piece of news by a newspaper before its competitors; also, the news itself; a scoop.
  58.   One that beats, or surpasses, another or others; as, the beat of him.
  59.   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.
  60.   A place of habitual or frequent resort.
  61.   beat through cleverness and wit; " I beat the traffic"; " She outfoxed her competitors"
  62.   be superior; " Reading beats watching television"; " This sure beats work!"
  63.   A stroke; a throb; the rise or fall of the hand or foot to mark the time in music.
  64.   make a rhythmic sound; " Rain drummed against the windshield"; " The drums beat all night"
  65.   A smart tap on the adversary's blade.
  66.   A stroke or blow; a pulsation.
  67.   To strike repeatedly: to break or bruise: to strike, as bushes, in order to rouse game: to thrash: to over- come.
  68.   a regular route for a sentry or policeman; " in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
  69.   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.
  70.   To give strokes repeatedly: to throb: to dash, as a flood or storm:- pr. p. beating; pa. t. beat; pa. p. beaten.
  71.   A repeated stroke; the round of a watchman or patrol.
  72.   a stroke or blow; " the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
  73.   the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
  74.   move with a flapping motion; " The bird's wings were flapping"
  75.   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"
  76.   A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament.
  77.   Beating.
  78.   Weary: fatigued.
  79.   To strike repeatedly.
  80.   To tread, as a path.
  81.   To strike repeatedly; to bruise or break, by beating or pounding; to extend by beating; to strike, as bushes, to rouse game; to thrash; to mix or agitate by beating; to dash or strike, as water; to strike or brush, as wind; to tread, as a path; to vanquish or conquer; to harass; to overlabour; to baffle.
  82.   To work up against the wind by tacking.
  83.   To excel; overcome; vanquish.
  84.   To make progress against the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line or traverse.
  85.   wear out completely; " This kind of work exhausts me"; " I'm beat"; " He was all washed up after the exam"
  86.   To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind.
  87.   shape by beating; " beat swords into ploughshares"
  88.   To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish or conquer; to surpass.
  89.   Beaten, Beat.
  90.   move rhythmically; " Her heart was beating fast"
  91.   To conquer; win.
  92.   move with a thrashing motion; " The bird flapped its wings"; " The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
  93.   A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat.
  94.   To come or act with violence; to dash or fall with force; to strike anything, as, rain, wind, and waves do.
  95.   sail with much tacking or with difficulty; " The boat beat in the strong wind"
  96.   Exhausted with exertion.

Quotes of beat

  1. I think I can beat Usher on the dance floor. – Chris Brown
  2. If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten. – George Carlin
  3. We're picking on people we can beat – George Clooney
  4. If you pinch the sea of its liberty, though it be walls of stone or brass, it will beat them down. – John Cotton
  5. Yeah, I know I'm ugly... I said to a bartender, 'Make me a zombie.' He said 'God beat me to it.' – Rodney Dangerfield
  6. I get beat up on every project. – Casper Van Dien
  7. I would rather beat the Yankees regularly than pitch a no hit game. – Bob Feller
  8. You can't just beat a team, you have to leave a lasting impression in their minds so they never want to see you again. – Mia Hamm
  9. One lesson you better learn if you want to be in politics is that you never go out on a golf course and beat the President. – Lyndon B. Johnson
  10. There is no reason to change this system. I don't think we'll abandon it. For us the most important thing is to be compact in the back. That's the kind of game we have to play here and it will be very difficult to beat us. – Oliver Kahn
  11. No one but myself thought I could beat guys like Tommy Hearns or Roberto Duran. – Sugar Ray Leonard
  12. Every man's got to figure to get beat sometime. – Joe Louis
  13. You don't have to be the biggest to beat the biggest. – Ross Perot
  14. I did think for many, many years that because of my ability I could beat the system. And I was wrong. – Mickey Rourke
  15. Les Pauls work out real well for me because I'll beat the hell out of them and they'll still work. The only trouble with them is finding good ones. – Tommy Shaw

Usage examples for beat

  1. If he is married and unhappy, let him bear his lot and beat his wife." ” – The Mettle of the Pasture by James Lane Allen
  2. His heart gave a little beat – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  3. Beat the whole well together. ” – Taxidermy by Leon Luther Pray
  4. “ Sylvia's heart began to beat – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  5. Not beat at all? ” – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  6. “ I know only one thing to beat it." ” – The Son of his Father by Ridgwell Cullum
  7. We suggested the brother might beat him again. ” – Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael
  8. Don't you be beat – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  9. Well, I'm beat – Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye-Smith
  10. “ I think I can beat you this time, though you didn't give me half a chance the last time." ” – Jack of the Pony Express by Frank V. Webster
  11. He may beat me; I don't know. ” – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  12. “ " You didn't beat me by very much, Jennie! ” – Jack of the Pony Express by Frank V. Webster
  13. “ I lie in my bed at night, and wonder whether he did beat her, and what made her die. ” – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  14. You'll be able to see after, and live with your own sister yet; and who knows but you may yet beat Keegan out of Ballycloran? ” – The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope
  15. If I am not good he will beat me. ” – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  16. You beat me to it. ” – Tom Slade Motorcycle Dispatch Bearer by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  17. Yes, we've got to beat it! ” – Doors of the Night by Frank L. Packard
  18. It does beat all, the way folks can't let that boy alone. ” – The Green Satin Gown by Laura E. Richards
  19. “ I shall have to beat you. ” – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  20. Why, you talk as if you wanted him to beat – Frank Merriwell's Chums by Burt L. Standish

Idioms for beat