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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

beat*bit(v.)beat, beat•en; beat, beat•ing

  1. (v.t.)to strike forcefully and repeatedly:

    to beat a toy drum.

  2. to hit (a person or animal) repeatedly so as to cause painful injury; thrash (often fol. by up).

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. to dash against:

    rain beating the trees.

  4. to flutter or flap:

    a bird beating its wings.

  5. to sound, as on a drum:

    to beat a tattoo.

  6. to stir vigorously.

  7. to break, forge, or make by blows:

    to beat swords into plowshares.

  8. to make (a path) by repeated treading.

  9. to mark (time) by strokes, as with the hand or a metronome.

    Category: Music and Dance

  10. to scour (the forest, grass, or brush) in order to rouse game.

    Category: Sport

  11. to overcome, as in a contest; defeat.

  12. Informal. to be superior to:

    Making reservations beats waiting in line.

  13. Informal. to baffle:

    It beats me how he got the job.

  14. Informal. to mitigate or offset the effects of:

    beating the hot weather.

  15. Slang. to swindle; cheat (often fol. by out).

    Category: Status (usage)

  16. Slang. to escape or avoid (blame or punishment).

  17. (in weaving) to strike (the loose pick) into its proper place in the woven cloth with the reed or other comblike device.

    Category: Textiles

  18. (v.i.)to strike with or as if with repeated blows.

  19. to throb or pulsate.

  20. to resound under blows, as a drum.

  21. to achieve victory in a contest; win.

  22. to play, as on a drum.

  23. to scour cover for game.

  24. (of a cooking ingredient) to permit beating.

  25. to tack to windward by sailing close-hauled.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  26. beat about, to search through; scour.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  27. beat back, to force back; compel to withdraw.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  28. beat down, to bring into subjection; subdue. Informal. to persuade (a seller) to lower the price.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Informal

  29. beat off, to ward off; repulse.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  30. beat out, to defeat; win or be chosen over. to create hurriedly; bat out.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Informal

  31. (n.)a stroke or blow.

  32. the sound made by one or more such blows.

  33. a throb or pulsation:

    a pulse of 60 beats per minute.

  34. one's assigned or regular path or habitual round:

    a police officer's beat.

  35. the audible, visual, or mental marking of the metrical divisions of music. a stroke of the hand, baton, etc., marking the time division or an accent for music during performance.

    Category: Music and Dance

  36. the accent stress, or ictus, in a foot or rhythmical unit of poetry.

    Category: Prosody

  37. a variation in amplitude or volume caused by the interference of two waves that have slightly different frequencies.

    Category: Physics

  38. the reporting of a piece of news ahead of one's rivals; scoop. the news source, activity, etc., that a reporter is assigned to cover.

    Category: Journalism

    Ref: Compare exclusive (def. 10). 13; Also called newsbeat.

  39. (often cap.)

    Category: Informal, Sociology

    Ref: beatnik.

  40. (adj.)Informal. exhausted; worn out.

    Category: Informal

  41. (often cap.) of or characteristic of members of the Beat Generation or beatniks.

    Category: Sociology

Idioms for beat:

  1. beat all, to be surprising or impressive:

    Did he really? Well, if that doesn't beat all!

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  2. beat it,Informal. to go away.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  3. on the beat, in the correct rhythm or tempo.

    Category: Music and Dance, Idiom

* Syn: beat , hit , pound , strike , thrash refer to the giving of a blow or blows. beat implies the giving of repeated blows: to beat a rug. To hit is usu. to give a single blow, definitely directed: to hit a ball. To pound is to give heavy and repeated blows, often with the fist: to pound the table. To strike is to give one or more forceful blows suddenly or swiftly: to strike a gong. To thrash implies inflicting repeated blows as punishment, to show superior strength, or the like: to thrash an opponent.

Origin of beat:

bef. 900; ME beten, OE bēatan, c. OHG bōzzan


Princeton's WordNet

  1. beat, round(noun)

    a regular route for a sentry or policeman

    "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"

  2. pulse, pulsation, heartbeat, beat(noun)

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

    "he could feel the beat of her heart"

  3. rhythm, beat, musical rhythm(noun)

    the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music

    "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat"

  4. beat(noun)

    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. beatnik, beat(noun)

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

  6. beat(noun)

    the sound of stroke or blow

    "he heard the beat of a drum"

  7. meter, metre, measure, beat, cadence(noun)

    (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

  8. beat(noun)

    a regular rate of repetition

    "the cox raised the beat"

  9. beat(noun)

    a stroke or blow

    "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"

  10. beat(adj)

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

  11. all in(p), beat(p), bushed(p), dead(p)(verb)

    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"

  12. beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish(verb)

    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"

  13. beat, beat up, work over(verb)

    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"

  14. beat(verb)

    hit repeatedly

    "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"

  15. beat, pound, thump(verb)

    move rhythmically

    "Her heart was beating fast"

  16. beat(verb)

    shape by beating

    "beat swords into ploughshares"

  17. drum, beat, thrum(verb)

    make a rhythmic sound

    "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"

  18. beat(verb)

    glare or strike with great intensity

    "The sun was beating down on us"

  19. beat, flap(verb)

    move with a thrashing motion

    "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"

  20. beat(verb)

    sail with much tacking or with difficulty

    "The boat beat in the strong wind"

  21. beat, scramble(verb)

    stir vigorously

    "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"

  22. beat(verb)

    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. beat(verb)

    be superior

    "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"

  24. beat, bunk(verb)

    avoid paying

    "beat the subway fare"

  25. tick, ticktock, ticktack, beat(verb)

    make a sound like a clock or a timer

    "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight"

  26. beat, flap(verb)

    move with a flapping motion

    "The bird's wings were flapping"

  27. beat(verb)

    indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks

    "Beat the rhythm"

  28. pulsate, beat, quiver(verb)

    move with or as if with a regular alternating motion

    "the city pulsated with music and excitement"

  29. beat(verb)

    make by pounding or trampling

    "beat a path through the forest"

  30. beat(verb)

    produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly

    "beat the drum"

  31. beat(verb)

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

  32. outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, beat, circumvent(verb)

    beat through cleverness and wit

    "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors"

  33. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound(verb)

    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. exhaust, wash up, beat, tucker, tucker out(verb)

    wear out completely

    "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I'm beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. beat(verb)bit

    to defeat an opponent or team

    We beat the other team 5-1.; I bet I can beat you at chess.

  2. beatbit

    to hit sb hard and repeatedly

    His father beat him.; The victim was beaten to death.

  3. beatbit

    to do before sb or sth

    She left early to beat the traffic.; I wanted to buy the car, but someone beat me to it.

  4. beatbit

    to be better than

    Sitting here on the beach sure beats working!

  5. beatbit

    to hit against sth repeatedly and hard

    waves beating against the shore

  6. beatbit

    to stir food rapidly

    to beat the eggs

  7. beatbit

    to make a pattern of sound or motion

    I could feel the bird's heart beating.; drums beating in the distance

  8. beatbit

    to not say what you mean directly

    Don't beat around the bush - just tell me!

  9. beat(noun)bit

    a sound or movement in a series

    several beats of the drum; a beat of your heart

  10. beat(adjective)bit

    very tired

    I'm beat!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beat

    of Beat

  2. Beat

    of Beat

  3. Beat(verb)

    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

  4. Beat(verb)

    to punish by blows; to thrash

  5. Beat(verb)

    to scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the noise made by striking bushes, etc., for the purpose of rousing game

  6. Beat(verb)

    to dash against, or strike, as with water or wind

  7. Beat(verb)

    to tread, as a path

  8. Beat(verb)

    to overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish or conquer; to surpass

  9. Beat(verb)

    to cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; -- often with out

  10. Beat(verb)

    to exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble

  11. Beat(verb)

    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

  12. Beat(verb)

    to strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly

  13. Beat(verb)

    to move with pulsation or throbbing

  14. Beat(verb)

    to come or act with violence; to dash or fall with force; to strike anything, as, rain, wind, and waves do

  15. Beat(verb)

    to be in agitation or doubt

  16. Beat(verb)

    to make progress against the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line or traverse

  17. Beat(verb)

    to make a sound when struck; as, the drums beat

  18. Beat(verb)

    to make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters

  19. Beat(verb)

    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

  20. Beat(noun)

    a stroke; a blow

  21. Beat(noun)

    a recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse

  22. Beat(noun)

    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

  23. Beat(noun)

    a transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament

  24. Beat(noun)

    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

  25. Beat(verb)

    a round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat

  26. Beat(verb)

    a place of habitual or frequent resort

  27. Beat(verb)

    a cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; -- often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat

  28. Beat(adj)

    weary; tired; fatigued; exhausted


  1. Beat

    Beat is the ninth studio album by the British rock band King Crimson, released in 1982.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2358

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2000

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beat' in Nouns Frequency: #2420

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beat' in Verbs Frequency: #261

Anagrams of beat

  1. Abet

  2. Beta

Translations for beat

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a regular stroke or its sound

I like the beat of that song.

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