Pronunciation: bēt
v. t.1.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.
[imp. Beat; p. p. Beat, Beaten ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Beating.]
Thou shalt beat some of it [spices] very small.
- Ex. xxx. 36.
They did beat the gold into thin plates.
- Ex. xxxix. 3.
2.To punish by blows; to thrash.
3.To scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the noise made by striking bushes, etc., for the purpose of rousing game.
To beat the woods, and rouse the bounding prey.
- Prior.
4.To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind.
A frozen continent . . . beat with perpetual storms.
- Milton.
5.To tread, as a path.
Pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way.
- Blackmore.
6.To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish, defeat, or conquer; to surpass or be superior to.
He beat them in a bloody battle.
- Prescott.
For loveliness, it would be hard to beat that.
- M. Arnold.
7.To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; - often with out.
8.To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
9.(Mil.) 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.
10.to baffle or stump; to defy the comprehension of (a person); as, it beats me why he would do that.
11.to evade, avoid, or escape (blame, taxes, punishment); as, to beat the rap (be acquitted); to beat the sales tax by buying out of state.
To beat down
to haggle with (any one) to secure a lower price; to force down.
To beat into
to teach or instill, by repetition.
To beat off
to repel or drive back.
To beat out
to extend by hammering.
To beat out of
to cause to relinquish it, or give it up.
To beat the dust
a - (Man.) To take in too little ground with the fore legs, as a horse.
- South.
b - To perform curvets too precipitately or too low.
To beat the hoof
to walk; to go on foot.
To beat the wing
to flutter; to move with fluttering agitation.
To beat time
to measure or regulate time in music by the motion of the hand or foot.
To beat up
to attack suddenly; to alarm or disturb; as, to beat up an enemy's quarters.
v. i.1.To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
The men of the city . . . beat at the door.
- Judges. xix. 22.
2.To move with pulsation or throbbing.
A thousand hearts beat happily.
- Byron.
3.To come or act with violence; to dash or fall with force; to strike anything, as rain, wind, and waves do.
Sees rolling tempests vainly beat below.
- Dryden.
They [winds] beat at the crazy casement.
- Longfellow.
4.To be in agitation or doubt.
5.(Naut.) To make progress against the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line or traverse.
6.To make a sound when struck; as, the drums beat.
7.(Mil.) To make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
8.(Acoustics & Mus.) 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.
A beating wind
(Naut.) a wind which necessitates tacking in order to make progress.
To beat about
to try to find; to search by various means or ways.
To beat about the bush
to approach a subject circuitously.
- Addison.
To beat up and down
(Hunting) to run first one way and then another; - said of a stag.
To beat up for recruits
to go diligently about in order to get helpers or participators in an enterprise.
To beat the rap
to be acquitted of an accusation; - especially, by some sly or deceptive means, rather than to be proven innocent.
n.1.A stroke; a blow.
2.A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse.
3.(Mus.) 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.
4.(Acoustics & Mus.) A sudden swelling or reënforcement 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.
5.A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat; analogously, for newspaper reporters, the subject or territory that they are assigned to cover; as, the Washington beat.
6.A place of habitual or frequent resort.
7.A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; - often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat; also, deadbeat.
Beat of drum
(Mil.) a succession of strokes varied, in different ways, for particular purposes, as to regulate a march, to call soldiers to their arms or quarters, to direct an attack, or retreat, etc.
Beat of a watch
the stroke or sound made by the action of the escapement. A clock is in beat or out of beat, according as the stroke is at equal or unequal intervals.
a.1.Weary; tired; fatigued; exhausted.
Quite beat, and very much vexed and disappointed.
- Dickens.
n.1.One that beats, or surpasses, another or others; as, the beat of him.
2.(Newspaper Cant) The act of one that beats a person or thing
It's a beat on the whole country.
- Scribner's Mag.
3.(Hunting) The act of scouring, or ranging over, a tract of land to rouse or drive out game; also, those so engaged, collectively.
4.(Fencing) A smart tap on the adversary's blade.
Noun1.beat - a regular route for a sentry or policeman; "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
Synonyms: round
2.beat - the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; "he could feel the beat of her heart"
3.Beatbeat - the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "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.Beatbeat - a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
Synonyms: beatnik
6.beat - the sound of stroke or blow; "he heard the beat of a drum"
7.beat - (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
Synonyms: cadence, metre, meter, measure
8.beat - a regular rate of repetition; "the cox raised the beat"
9.beat - a stroke or blow; "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
Verb1.beat - 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"
2.beat - 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"
Synonyms: beat up, work over
3.beat - hit repeatedly; "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
4.beat - move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast"
Synonyms: thump, pound
5.beat - shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares"
6.beat - make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"
Synonyms: drum, thrum
7.beat - glare or strike with great intensity; "The sun was beating down on us"
8.beat - move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
Synonyms: flap
9.beat - sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind"
10.beat - stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"
Synonyms: scramble
11.beat - 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"
12.beat - be superior; "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
13.beat - avoid paying; "beat the subway fare"
Synonyms: bunk
14.beat - make a sound like a clock or a timer; "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight"
Synonyms: ticktack, ticktock, tick
15.beat - move with a flapping motion; "The bird's wings were flapping"
Synonyms: flap
16.beat - indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; "Beat the rhythm"
17.beat - move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; "the city pulsated with music and excitement"
Synonyms: pulsate, quiver
18.beat - make by pounding or trampling; "beat a path through the forest"
19.beat - produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; "beat the drum"
20.beat - strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
21.beat - beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors"
22.beat - 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"
23.beat - wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I'm beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam"
Adj.1.beat - 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"
Synonyms: all in, bushed, dead
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Translate Beat to Spanish, Translate Beat to German, Translate Beat to French
beast of burden
Beast of prey
Beast royal
-- Beat --
beat a retreat
beat about
beat around the bush
beat back
beat down
beat generation
beat in
Beat of a watch
Beat of drum
beat out
beat up
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