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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beat, roundnoun

    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, beatnoun

    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 rhythmnoun

    the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music

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

  4. beatnoun

    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, beatnoun

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

  6. beatnoun

    the sound of stroke or blow

    "he heard the beat of a drum"

  7. meter, metre, measure, beat, cadencenoun

    (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

  8. beatnoun

    a regular rate of repetition

    "the cox raised the beat"

  9. beatnoun

    a stroke or blow

    "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"

  10. beatadjective

    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, vanquishverb

    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 oververb

    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. beatverb

    hit repeatedly

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

  15. beat, pound, thumpverb

    move rhythmically

    "Her heart was beating fast"

  16. beatverb

    shape by beating

    "beat swords into ploughshares"

  17. drum, beat, thrumverb

    make a rhythmic sound

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

  18. beatverb

    glare or strike with great intensity

    "The sun was beating down on us"

  19. beat, flapverb

    move with a thrashing motion

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

  20. beatverb

    sail with much tacking or with difficulty

    "The boat beat in the strong wind"

  21. beat, scrambleverb

    stir vigorously

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

  22. beatverb

    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. beatverb

    be superior

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

  24. beat, bunkverb

    avoid paying

    "beat the subway fare"

  25. tick, ticktock, ticktack, beatverb

    make a sound like a clock or a timer

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

  26. beat, flapverb

    move with a flapping motion

    "The bird's wings were flapping"

  27. beatverb

    indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks

    "Beat the rhythm"

  28. pulsate, beat, quiververb

    move with or as if with a regular alternating motion

    "the city pulsated with music and excitement"

  29. beatverb

    make by pounding or trampling

    "beat a path through the forest"

  30. beatverb

    produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly

    "beat the drum"

  31. beatverb

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

  32. outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, beat, circumventverb

    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, dumbfoundverb

    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 outverb

    wear out completely

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beatnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Albeit the base and treble strings of a viol be turned to an unison; yet the former will still make a bigger or broader sound than the latter, as making a broader beat upon the air. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmologia Sacra, b. ii. c. 2.

    With a careless beat,
    Struck out the mute creation at a heat. John Dryden, Hind and P.

  2. Beatpart. passive.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Like a rich vessel beat by storms to shore,
    ’Twere madness should I venture out once more. Dryden.

  3. To BEATverb

    preter. beat, part. pass. beat, or beaten.

    Etymology: battre, French.

    So fight I, not as one that beateth the air. 1 Cor. ix. 26.

    He rav’d with all the madness of despair;
    He roar’d, he beat his breast, he tore his hair. Dryden.

    They’ve chose a consul that will from them take
    Their liberties; make them of no more voice
    Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking,
    And therefore kept to do so. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Mistress Ford, good heart, is beaten black and blue, that you cannot see a white spot about her. William Shakespeare, M. Wives of Winds.

    There is but one fault for which children should be beaten; and that is obstinacy or rebellion. John Locke.

    Bid them come forth and hear,
    Or at their chamber door I’ll beat the drum,
    Till it cry, sleep to death. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The people gathered manna, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it. Numbers, xi. 8.

    They did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it. Exodus, xxxix. 3.

    They save the laborious work of beating of hemp, by making the axletree of the main wheel of their corn mills longer than ordinary, and placing of pins in them, to raise large hammers like those used for paper and fulling mills, with which they beat most of their hemp. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Nestor, we see, furnished the gold, and he beat it into leaves, so that he had occasion to make use of his anvil and hammer. , Notes on the Odyssey.

    It is strange how long some men will lie in wait to speak, and how many other matters they will beat over to come near it. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    When from the cave thou risest with the day,
    To beat the woods, and rouze the bounding prey. Matthew Prior.

    Together let us beat this ample field,
    Try what the open, what the covert yield. Alexander Pope.

    She gleaned in the field, and beat out that she had gleaned. Ruth, ii. 17.

    By long beating the white of an egg, you may bring it into white curds. Boyle.

    And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city. Judges, viii. 17.

    Beyond this flood a frozen continent
    Lies dark and wild; beat with perpetual storms
    Of whirlwind and dire hail. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    With tempests beat, and to the winds a scorn. Wentworth Dillon.

    While winds and storms his lofty forehead beat,
    The common fate of all that’s high or great. John Denham.

    As when a lion in the midnight hours,
    Beat by rude blasts, and wet with wintry show’rs,
    Descends terrifick from the mountain’s brow. Alexander Pope.

    While I this unexampled task essay,
    Pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way,
    Celestial dove, divine assistance bring. Richard Blackmore.

    He that will know the truth of things, must leave the common and beaten track. John Locke.

    If Hercules and Lichas play at dice,
    Which is the better man? The greater throw
    May turn by fortune from the weaker hand:
    So is Alcides beaten by his page. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    You souls of geese,
    That bear the shapes of men, how have you run
    From slaves that apes would beat? William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Five times, Marcius,
    I have fought with thee, so often hast thou beat me. William Shakespeare.

    I have discern’d the foe securely lie,
    Too proud to fear a beaten enemy. John Dryden, Indian Emp.

    The common people of Lucca are firmly persuaded, that one Lucquese can beat five Florentines. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, joining his ships to those of the Syracusans, beat the Carthaginians at sea. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    It is no point of wisdom for a man to beat his brains, and spend his spirits about things impossible. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    And as in prisons mean rogues beat
    Hemp, for the service of the great;
    So Whacum beat his dirty brains
    T’ advance his master’s fame and gains. Hudibras.

    I know not why any one should waste his time, and beat his head about the Latin grammar, who does not intend to be a critick. John Locke.

    Her own shall bless her;
    Her foes shake, like a field of beaten corn,
    And hang their heads with sorrow. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Albeit a pardon was proclaimed, touching any speech tending to treason, yet could not the boldness be beaten down either with that severity, or with this lenity be abated. John Hayward.

    Our warriours propagating the French language, at the same time they are beating down their power. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 165.

    Such an unlook’d for storm of ills falls on me,
    It beats down all my strength. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Twice have I sally’d, and was twice beat back. Dryden.

    He that proceeds upon other principles in his inquiry, does at least post himself in a party, which he will not quit, till he be beaten out. John Locke.

    He cannot beat it out of his head, but that it was a cardinal who picked his pocket. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 44.

    The younger part of mankind might be beat off from the belief of the most important points even of natural religion, by the impudent jests of a profane wit. Isaac Watts, Impr. of the Mind.

    Thrice have I beat the wing, and rid with night
    About the world. John Dryden, State of Innocence.

    Surveys rich moveables with curious eye,
    Beats down the price, and threatens still to buy. Dryden.

    She persuaded him to trust the renegado with the money he had brought over for their ransom; as not questioning but he would beat down the terms of it. Joseph Addison, Spectat. №. 199.

    Usury beats down the price of land; for the employment of money is chiefly either merchandizing or purchasing; and usury way-lays both. Francis Bacon, Essays, №. 42.

    They lay in that quiet posture, without making the least impression upon the enemy, by beating up his quarters, which might easily have been done. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Will. fancies he should never have been the man he is, had not he broke windows, knocked down constables, and beat up a lewd woman’s quarters, when he was a young fellow. Addis.

  4. To Beatverb

    I would gladly understand the formation of a soul, and see it beat the first conscious pulse. Jeremy Collier, on Thought.

    This publick envy seemeth to beat chiefly upon ministers. Francis Bacon, Essays, №. 9.

    Your brow, which does no fear of thunder know,
    Sees rowling tempests vainly beat below. Dryden.

    And one sees many of the like hollow spaces worn in the bottoms of the rocks, as they are more or less able to resist the impressions of the water that beats against them. Addison.

    The men of the city beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house. Judg. xix. 22.

    No pulse shall keep
    His nat’ral progress, but surcease to beat. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Jul.

    My temp’rate pulse does regularly beat;
    Feel, and be satisfy’d. John Dryden, Persius, Sat. iii.

    A man’s heart beats, and the blood circulates, which it is not in his power, by any thought or volition, to stop. John Locke.

    A turn or two I’ll walk,
    To still my beating mind. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    The tempest in my mind
    Doth from my senses take all feeling else,
    Save what beats there. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I am always beating about in my thoughts for something that may turn to the benefit of my dear countrymen. Joseph Addison, Guard.

    To find an honest man, I beat about,
    And love him, court him, praise him in or out. Alexander Pope.

    The sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die. Jonah, iv. 48.

    We are drawn on into a larger speech, by reason of their so great earnestness, who beat more and more upon these last alleged words. Richard Hooker, b. ii. § 4.

    How frequently and fervently doth the scripture beat upon this cause? George Hakewill, on Providence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beat

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  2. Beat

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  3. Beatverb

    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. Beatverb

    to punish by blows; to thrash

  5. Beatverb

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

  6. Beatverb

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

  7. Beatverb

    to tread, as a path

  8. Beatverb

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

  9. Beatverb

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

  10. Beatverb

    to exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble

  11. Beatverb

    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. Beatverb

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

  13. Beatverb

    to move with pulsation or throbbing

  14. Beatverb

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

  15. Beatverb

    to be in agitation or doubt

  16. Beatverb

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

  17. Beatverb

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

  18. Beatverb

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

  19. Beatverb

    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. Beatnoun

    a stroke; a blow

  21. Beatnoun

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

  22. Beatnoun

    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. Beatnoun

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

  24. Beatnoun

    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. Beatverb

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

  26. Beatverb

    a place of habitual or frequent resort

  27. Beatverb

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

  28. Beatadjective

    weary; tired; fatigued; exhausted

Freebase

  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.

Rap Dictionary

  1. beatnoun

    Music which is played in the background.

  2. beatnoun

    To masturbate, or have sex. "I said no, because he wanted to beat." -- ???

  3. beatverb

    To be placed under arrest or in custody. Kat got beat for resisting arrest -- Eazy-E (Boyz N Da Hood)

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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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Numerology

  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. Ady Barkan:

    My observation is that your political philosophical approach to a system failure is generally not to expand the size of the public sector, but to instead heavily regulate private sector actors and beat down their greed, was that the source of your initial hesitation on the question of getting rid of private insurance, or was it something else ?

  2. Toni Loeffler of Wichita:

    I think people are just excited to see her win at this time and she was able to beat down someone who --- I mean Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had been in Congress for how long ?

  3. Anonymous:

    If you can't beat your computer at chess, try kickboxing.

  4. John Anzalone:

    Joe Biden beat Joe Biden once.

  5. Toni Duggan:

    I believe we can, we've got to two semi-finals at major tournaments, we've beat all the tough opponents. So it's possible but it's OK saying it, it's about doing it.

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Translations for beat

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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
  • బీట్Telugu
  • ตี, ชนะThai
  • битиUkrainian
  • مارنا, جیتنا, پیٹناUrdu
  • đập, thắng, đánhVietnamese
  • daflapön, flapön, leflapönVolapük

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