- A regular route for a sentry or policeman.
- usage: "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
- synonyms: round
- The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart.
- usage: "he could feel the beat of her heart"
- The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music.
- usage: "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the 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.
- A member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior.
- synonyms: beatnik
- The sound of stroke or blow.
- usage: "he heard the beat of a drum"
- Prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse.
- A regular rate of repetition.
- usage: "the cox raised the beat"
- A stroke or blow.
- usage: "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
- The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing.
- Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict.
- usage: "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
- Give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression.
- usage: "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students"
- Hit repeatedly.
- usage: "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
- Move rhythmically.
- usage: "Her heart was beating fast"
- Shape by beating.
- usage: "beat swords into ploughshares"
- Make a rhythmic sound.
- usage: "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"
- Glare or strike with great intensity.
- usage: "The sun was beating down on us"
- Move with a thrashing motion.
- usage: "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
- synonyms: flap
- Sail with much tacking or with difficulty.
- usage: "The boat beat in the strong wind"
- Stir vigorously.
- usage: "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"
- synonyms: scramble
- Strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music.
- usage: "beat one's breast"; "beat one's foot rhythmically"
- Be superior.
- usage: "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work"
- Avoid paying.
- usage: "beat the subway fare"
- synonyms: bunk
- Make a sound like a clock or a timer.
- usage: "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight"
- Move with a flapping motion.
- usage: "The bird's wings were flapping"
- synonyms: flap
- Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks.
- usage: "Beat the rhythm"
- Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion.
- usage: "the city pulsated with music and excitement"
- Make by pounding or trampling.
- usage: "beat a path through the forest"
- Produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly.
- usage: "beat the drum"
- Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting.
- Beat through cleverness and wit.
- usage: "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors"
- Be a mystery or bewildering to.
- usage: "This beats me"; "Got me-I don't know the answer"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
- Wear out completely.
- usage: "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I'm beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam"
WordNet 3.0 © 2006 by Princeton University
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