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Beat meaning

beat - 45 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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"
  3. 3. hit repeatedly; " beat on the door"; " beat the table with his shoe"
  4. 4. strike ( water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
  5. 5. shape by beating; " beat swords into ploughshares"
  6. 6. produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; " beat the drum"
  7. 7. make by pounding or trampling; " beat a path through the forest"
  8. 8. indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; " Beat the rhythm"
  9. 9. sail with much tacking or with difficulty; " The boat beat in the strong wind"
  10. 10. move with a flapping motion; " The bird's wings were flapping"
  11. 11. glare or strike with great intensity; " The sun was beating down on us"
  12. 12. avoid paying; " beat the subway fare"
  13. 13. of Beat
  14. 14. To punish by blows; to thrash.
  15. 15. To scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the noise made by striking bushes, etc., for the purpose of rousing game.
  16. 16. To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind.
  17. 17. To tread, as a path.
  18. 18. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish or conquer; to surpass.
  19. 19. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
  22. 22. To move with pulsation or throbbing.
  23. 23. To come or act with violence; to dash or fall with force; to strike anything, as, rain, wind, and waves do.
  24. 24. To be in agitation or doubt.
  25. 25. To make progress against the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line or traverse.
  26. 26. To make a sound when struck; as, the drums beat.
  27. 27. To make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
  28. 28. 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.
  29. 29. A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament.
  30. 30. 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.
  31. 31. A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat.
  32. 32. A place of habitual or frequent resort.
  33. 33. Weary; tired; fatigued; exhausted.
  34. 34. One that beats, or surpasses, another or others; as, the beat of him.
  35. 35. The act of one that beats a person or thing
  36. 36. The act of obtaining and publishing a piece of news by a newspaper before its competitors; also, the news itself; a scoop.
  37. 37. The act of scouring, or ranging over, a tract of land to rouse or drive out game; also, those so engaged, collectively.
  38. 38. A smart tap on the adversary's blade.
  39. 39. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; - often with out.
  40. 40. 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.
  41. 41. A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; - often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat.
  42. 42. A repeated stroke; the round of a watchman or patrol.
  43. 43. Beaten.
  44. 44. To give repeated strokes.
  45. 45. To strike repeatedly; overcome.

beat - examples of usage

  1. Beat eight eggs, and stir them gradually into the mixture.
  2. Her heart beat fast at the knowledge of Ralph's presence; but it beat with pain, and with an extraordinary fear. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. It could not beat them now! - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
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