Definition of Beat in English :

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Beat meaning in English

Meaning of Beat in English

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1. beat, round

a regular route for a sentry or policeman

Example Sentences:
'in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name'

2. beat, heartbeat, pulsation, pulse

the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart

Example Sentences:
'he could feel the beat of her heart'

3. beat, musical rhythm, rhythm

the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music

Example Sentences:
'the piece has a fast rhythm'
'the conductor set the beat'

4. beat

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

5. beat, beatnik

a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior

6. beat

the sound of stroke or blow

Example Sentences:
'he heard the beat of a drum'

7. beat, cadence, measure, meter, metre

(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

8. beat

a regular rate of repetition

Example Sentences:
'the cox raised the beat'

9. beat

a stroke or blow

Example Sentences:
'the signal was two beats on the steam pipe'

10. beat

the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing


11. beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

Example Sentences:
'Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship'
'We beat the competition'
'Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game'

12. beat, beat up, work over

give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression

Example Sentences:
'Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night'
'The teacher used to beat the students'

13. beat

hit repeatedly

Example Sentences:
'beat on the door'
'beat the table with his shoe'

14. beat, pound, thump

move rhythmically

Example Sentences:
'Her heart was beating fast'

15. beat

shape by beating

Example Sentences:
'beat swords into ploughshares'

16. beat, drum, thrum

make a rhythmic sound

Example Sentences:
'Rain drummed against the windshield'
'The drums beat all night'

17. beat

glare or strike with great intensity

Example Sentences:
'The sun was beating down on us'

18. beat, flap

move with a thrashing motion

Example Sentences:
'The bird flapped its wings'
'The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky'

19. beat

sail with much tacking or with difficulty

Example Sentences:
'The boat beat in the strong wind'

20. beat, scramble

stir vigorously

Example Sentences:
'beat the egg whites'
'beat the cream'

21. beat

strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music

Example Sentences:
'beat one's breast'
'beat one's foot rhythmically'

22. beat

be superior

Example Sentences:
'Reading beats watching television'
'This sure beats work!'

23. beat, bunk

avoid paying

Example Sentences:
'beat the subway fare'

24. beat, tick, ticktack, ticktock

make a sound like a clock or a timer

Example Sentences:
'the clocks were ticking'
'the grandfather clock beat midnight'

25. beat, flap

move with a flapping motion

Example Sentences:
'The bird's wings were flapping'

26. beat

indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks

Example Sentences:
'Beat the rhythm'

27. beat, pulsate, quiver

move with or as if with a regular alternating motion

Example Sentences:
'the city pulsated with music and excitement'

28. beat

make by pounding or trampling

Example Sentences:
'beat a path through the forest'

29. beat

produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly

Example Sentences:
'beat the drum'

30. beat

strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting

31. beat, circumvent, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach

beat through cleverness and wit

Example Sentences:
'I beat the traffic'
'She outfoxed her competitors'

32. amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex

be a mystery or bewildering to

Example Sentences:
'This beats me!'
'Got me--I don't know the answer!'
'a vexing problem'
'This question really stuck me'

33. beat, exhaust, tucker, tucker out, wash up

wear out completely

Example Sentences:
'This kind of work exhausts me'
'I'm beat'
'He was all washed up after the exam'


34. all in, beat, bushed, dead

very tired

Example Sentences:
'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'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of beat
verbWord forms: beats, beating, beat, beaten or beat
1. (when intr, often foll by against, on, etc)
to strike with or as if with a series of violent blows; dash or pound repeatedly (against)
2. (transitive)
to punish by striking; flog
to move or cause to move up and down; flap
the bird beat its wings heavily
4. (intransitive)
to throb rhythmically; pulsate
her heart beat fast
5. (transitive)
to make (one's way) by or as if by blows
she beat her way out of the crowd
6. (transitive; sometimes foll by up) cookery
to stir or whisk (an ingredient or mixture) vigorously
7. (transitive; sometimes foll by out)
to shape, make thin, or flatten (a piece of metal) by repeated blows
8. (transitive) music
to indicate (time) by the motion of one's hand, baton, etc, or by the action of a metronome
9. (when tr, sometimes foll by out)
to produce (a sound or signal) by or as if by striking a drum
to sound or cause to sound, by or as if by beating
beat the drums!
to overcome (an opponent) in a contest, battle, etc
12. (tr; often foll by back, down, off etc)
to drive, push, or thrust
13. (transitive)
to arrive or finish before (someone or something); anticipate or forestall
they set off early to beat the rush hour
14. (transitive)
to form (a path or track) by repeatedly walking or riding over it
to scour (woodlands, coverts, or undergrowth) so as to rouse game for shooting
16. (transitive) slang
to puzzle or baffle
it beats me how he can do that
17. (intransitive) physics
(of sounds or electrical signals) to combine and produce a pulsating sound or signal
18. (intransitive) nautical
to steer a sailing vessel as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
19. (transitive) slang, mainly US
to cheat or defraud
he beat his brother out of the inheritance
20.  beat about the bush
21.  beat a retreat
22.  beat it
23.  beat one's breast
24.  beat someone's brains out
25.  beat someone to it
26.  beat the bounds
27.  can you beat it?
a stroke or blow
the sound made by a stroke or blow
a regular sound or stroke; throb
an assigned or habitual round or route, as of a policeman or sentry
(as modifier)
beat police officers
the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music, usually grouped in twos, threes, or fours
pop or rock music characterized by a heavy rhythmic beat
(as modifier)
a beat group
34. physics
the low regular frequency produced by combining two sounds or electrical signals that have similar frequencies
35. horology
the impulse given to the balance wheel by the action of the escapement
36. prosody
the accent, stress, or ictus in a metrical foot
37. nautical
a course that steers a sailing vessel as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
the act of scouring for game by beating
the organized scouring of a particular woodland so as to rouse the game in it
the woodland where game is so roused
39.  short for beatnik
40. fencing
a sharp tap with one's blade on an opponent's blade to deflect it
41. (modifier, often capital)
of, characterized by, or relating to the Beat Generation
a beat poet
beat philosophy
42. (postpositive) slang
totally exhausted

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers


see synonyms of beat
verb transitiveWord forms: beat, ˈbeaten, ˈbeating
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
13.  Informal
to baffle or puzzle
14.  US, Informal
to cheat or trick
15.  US, Slang
to avoid the penalties associated with (a charge, indictment, etc.); escape (a rap)
verb intransitive
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
21.  Informal
to win
22.  Nautical
to progress by tacking into the wind
23.  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
29.  Ballet
a movement in which one leg is brought in contact with the other or both legs are brought together in the air
30.  US, Informal
a person or thing that surpasses
you never saw the beat of it
31.  US
b.  [often B-]
any of a group of U.S. writers in the 1950s and 1960s whose work grew out of and expressed beat attitudes
32.  Acoustics
the regularly recurring fluctuation in loudness of sound produced by two simultaneous tones of nearly equal frequency
33.  US, Journalism
a reporting of a news item ahead of all rivals; scoop
34.  Nautical
a tack into the wind
35.  Radio
one cycle of a frequency formed by beating
36.  Informal
tired out; exhausted, physically or emotionally
37.  US
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

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of beat
v. beat, beat·en (bētn) 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.
4. 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.
6. Informal To be superior to or better than: Riding beats walking.
7. Slang To perplex or baffle: It beats me; I don't know the answer.
8. 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.
9. 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.
1. To inflict repeated blows.
2. To pulsate; throb.
a. To emit sound when struck: The gong beat thunderously.
b. To strike a drum.
4. To flap repeatedly.
5. To shine or glare intensely: The sun beat down on us all day.
6. To fall in torrents: The rain beat on the roof.
7. To hunt through woods or underbrush in search of game.
8. Nautical To sail upwind by tacking repeatedly.
1. A stroke or blow, especially one that produces a sound or serves as a signal.
2. A pulsation or throb.
3. 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.
4. Music
a. A steady succession of units of rhythm.
b. A gesture used by a conductor to indicate such a unit.
5. A pattern of stress that produces the rhythm of verse.
6. 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.
8. often Beat A member of the Beat Generation.
1. Informal Worn-out; fatigued.
2. often Beat Of or relating to the Beat Generation.

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