Definitions of beat

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

Usage examples for beat

  1. It does beat all, the way folks can't let that boy alone. – The Green Satin Gown by Laura E. Richards
  2. You beat me to it. – Tom Slade Motorcycle Dispatch Bearer by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  3. Well, I'm beat ... – Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye-Smith
  4. If I am not good he will beat me. – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  5. His heart gave a little beat. – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  6. 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
  7. Not beat at all? – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  8. Yes, we've got to beat it! – Doors of the Night by Frank L. Packard
  9. He may beat me; I don't know. – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  10. 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
  11. Beat the whole well together. – Taxidermy by Leon Luther Pray
  12. Sylvia's heart began to beat. – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  13. We suggested the brother might beat him again. – Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael
  14. Don't you be beat." – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  15. " You didn't beat me by very much, Jennie! – Jack of the Pony Express by Frank V. Webster
  16. 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
  17. If he is married and unhappy, let him bear his lot and beat his wife." – The Mettle of the Pasture by James Lane Allen
  18. I shall have to beat you. – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  19. Why, you talk as if you wanted him to beat! – Frank Merriwell's Chums by Burt L. Standish