What does beat mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word beat.

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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beat

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  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beat

    bēt, v.t. to strike repeatedly: to break or bruise: to strike, as bushes, in order to rouse game: to thrash: to overcome: to be too difficult for: to spread flat and thin by beating with a tool, as gold by a gold-beater—also To beat out.—v.i. to give strokes repeatedly: to throb: to dash, as a flood or storm:—pr.p. beat′ing; pa.t. beat; pa.p. beat′en.—n. a recurrent stroke: a stroke recurring at intervals, or its sound, as of a watch or the pulse: a round or course, as a policeman's beat: a place of resort.—adj. weary: fatigued.—adj. Beat′en, made smooth or hard by beating or treading: trite: worn by use.—ns. Beat′er, one that beats or strikes: one who rouses or beats up game: a crushing instrument; Beat′ing, the act of striking: chastisement by blows: regular pulsation or throbbing: rousing of game: exercising the brain.—Beaten work, metal shaped by being hammered on an anvil or block of the necessary shape.—Dead beat, completely exhausted.—To beat about the bush, to approach a subject in an indirect way; To beat a retreat, to retreat, originally to beat the drum as a signal for retreat; To beat off, to drive back; To beat out, to work out fully, to make gold or silver leaf out of solid metal; To beat the air, to fight to no purpose, or against an imaginary enemy; To beat the bounds, to trace out the boundaries of a parish in a periodic survey or perambulation, certain natural objects in the line of journey being formally struck with a rod, and sometimes also the boys whipped to make them remember; To beat the brains, to puzzle one's brains about something; To beat the tattoo (mil.), to sound the drum for evening roll-call; To beat up, to alarm by a sudden attack: to disturb: to pay an untimeous visit to any one—also in 'to beat up for recruits,' to go about a town to enlist men. [A.S. béatan, pa.t. béot.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. beat

    The verb means to excel, surpass, or overcome. "And then their ships could only follow, For we had beat them all dead hollow."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. beat

    In a military sense, to gain the day, to win the battle, etc.

Editors Contribution

  1. beat

    To improve by a specific amount an existing aspiration, goal or target by the amount you set yourself.

    I beat my personal best in the company sales targets and got a personal prize for my achievement, I was delighted it was vouchers for chocolate and coffee.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2016  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beat in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of beat in a Sentence

  1. Josh Earnest:

    We beat the odds.

  2. David Myers:

    You can't beat that.

  3. Bobby Witt:

    Now Ive got him beat.

  4. John Mosely:

    He will be hard to beat.

  5. Carly Fiorina:

    She can beat Donald Trump.

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  • ضَرَبَ, يخفق, انتصر, وجف, ربح, هَزَمَ, دقّ, نبضArabic
  • ritm, döyünməkAzerbaijani
  • ударыць, удараць, біць, пабіцьBelarusian
  • ритъм, побеждавам, бия, удрям, надвивам, тактBulgarian
  • tlouct, bít, bušit, mlátitCzech
  • hauen, schlagen, gewinnenGerman
  • διακρότημαGreek
  • batiEsperanto
  • aporrear, barloventear, derrotar, golpear, latir, percutir, revolver, vencer, batir, sacudir, pegarSpanish
  • زدنPersian
  • lyödä, uupunut, hakata, syke, vatkata, päihittää, loppu, tahti, luovia, voittaa, kierros, puhkiFinnish
  • battre, remonter au vent, vaincre, fouetterFrench
  • buailScottish Gaelic
  • היכהHebrew
  • पीटना, जीतना, मारनाHindi
  • megver, legyőzHungarian
  • զարկել, հաղթել, բաբախել, ծեծելArmenian
  • batarIdo
  • percuotere, pulsazione, colpire, pausa, ritmo, ronda, tempo, battere, battitoItalian
  • 勝つ, 叩く, 殴る, 勝利する, 打つJapanese
  • horaKikuyu, Gikuyu
  • វាយKhmer
  • 이기다, 치다Korean
  • battuo, pulso, verberoLatin
  • sistLatvian
  • kake, paopao, tuangau, ngongo, patupatu, tukituki, whakakakeMāori
  • биеMacedonian
  • അടിക്കുകMalayalam
  • rentakMalay
  • puls, overwinnen, kloppen, beat, slaan, mieters, uitgeput, ronde, afgemat, bekaf, zweving, ritme, verslaanDutch
  • slåNorwegian
  • pobić, uderzyć, bić, uderzaćPolish
  • abatido, bater, batidoPortuguese
  • maqayQuechua
  • bateRomanian
  • биение, ударить, размер, взбить, побить, лавировать, победить, бить, взбивать, ударять, побеждать, ритмRussian
  • वादयतिSanskrit
  • bȉti, би̏тиSerbo-Croatian
  • tĺcť, biťSlovak
  • tolči, premagati, tepsti, bítiSlovene
  • slå, slutkörd, vispa, besegraSwedish
  • chapaSwahili
  • ตี, ชนะThai
  • битиUkrainian
  • مارنا, جیتنا, پیٹناUrdu
  • đập, thắng, đánhVietnamese
  • daflapön, flapön, leflapönVolapük

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