beat
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
Synonym: round
noun.
the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
he could feel the beat of her heart
noun.
the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
the piece has a fast rhythm|the conductor set the 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
noun.
a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
Synonym: beatnik
noun.
the sound of stroke or blow
he heard the beat of a drum
noun.
(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
noun.
a regular rate of repetition
the cox raised the beat
noun.
a stroke or blow
the signal was two beats on the steam pipe
noun.
the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
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
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
Synonym: work over, beat up
verb.
hit repeatedly
beat on the door|beat the table with his shoe
verb.
move rhythmically
Her heart was beating fast
Synonym: pound, thump
verb.
shape by beating
beat swords into ploughshares
verb.
make a rhythmic sound
Rain drummed against the windshield|The drums beat all night
Synonym: thrum, drum
verb.
glare or strike with great intensity
The sun was beating down on us
verb.
move with a thrashing motion
The bird flapped its wings|The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky
Synonym: flap
verb.
sail with much tacking or with difficulty
The boat beat in the strong wind
verb.
stir vigorously
beat the egg whites|beat the cream
Synonym: scramble
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
verb.
be superior
Reading beats watching television|This sure beats work!
verb.
avoid paying
beat the subway fare
Synonym: bunk
verb.
make a sound like a clock or a timer
the clocks were ticking|the grandfather clock beat midnight
verb.
move with a flapping motion
The bird's wings were flapping
Synonym: flap
verb.
indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
Beat the rhythm
verb.
move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
the city pulsated with music and excitement
Synonym: pulsate, quiver
verb.
make by pounding or trampling
beat a path through the forest
verb.
produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
beat the drum
verb.
strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
verb.
beat through cleverness and wit
I beat the traffic|She outfoxed her competitors
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
verb.
wear out completely
This kind of work exhausts me|I'm beat|He was all washed up after the exam
adj.
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
Synonym: all in, bushed, dead