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Meaning of beat by Wiktionary Dictionary

Beat


    Pronunciation

    • enPR: bēt, IPA: /biːt/, SAMPA: /bi:t/
    • Homophone: beet
    • Rhymes: -iːt

    Etymology 1

    Middle English beten, from Old English beātan, from Proto-Germanic *ƀautanan ( compare Low German boten, German boßen, Old Norse bauta ), from Proto-Indo-European *bhau- ( compare Old Irish fo-botha 'he threatened', Latin confutāre 'to strike down', fūstis 'stick, club', Albanian bahe 'sling', Lithuanian baudžiù, Bulgarian bútam 'I beat, knock', Armenian but' 'stump' ) .

    Noun

    beat ( plural: beats )

    1. A pulsation or throb .
    2. A pulse on the beat level, the metric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Thus a beat is the basic time unit of a piece .
    3. A rhythm .
    4. The interference between two tones of almost equal frequency
    5. A pause with the camera focused on one shot, often a characters face ( often used in screenplays/teleplays ) .
    6. ( law enforcement ) The route of a patrol by a guard or officer as in walk the beat .
    7. In newspapering, the primary focus of a reporter's stories ( such as police/courts, education, city government, business etc. ) .
    8. ( Can we verify( + ) this sense? ) A small part of a dramatic play .
    9. The instrumental portion of a piece of hip-hop music .
    Derived terms
    See also

    Verb

    to beat ( third-person singular simple present beats present participle beating, simple past beat, past participle beaten )

    1. To hit; to knock; to pound; to strike .
      As soon as she heard the news, she went into a rage and beat the wall with her fists until her knuckles bled .
    2. To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm .
      He danced hypnotically while she beat the atabaque .
    3. To win against; to defeat or overcome; to do better than, outdo, or excel someone in a particular, competitive event .
      Jan had little trouble beating John in tennis. He lost five games in a row .
      No matter how quickly Joe finished his test, Roger always beat him .
      I just can't seem to beat the last level of this video game .
    4. ( intransitive, nautical ) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind .
    5. To mix food in a rapid fashion. Compare whip .
      Beat the eggs and whip the cream .
    6. ( impersonal ): It beats X Y = X cannot understand Y, where Y is an indirect question .
      ( said by Fred Dibnah ): It beats me how she [= the Queen] keeps tabs on everybody
    Derived terms

    Adjective

    beat ( comparative more beat, superlative most beat )

    1. ( gay slang ) fabulous
      Her makeup was beat!
    2. exhausted
      After the long day, she was feeling completely beat .
    Synonyms

    Etymology 2

    From beatnik

    Noun

    beat ( plural: beats )

    1. A beatnik .
    Derived terms

    See also

    • DeLone et. al. ( Eds. ) ( 1975 ). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130493465 .

    Anagrams

    • abet,
    • bate
    • beta, Beta


Explanation of beat by Wordnet Dictionary

Beat


    Verb
    1. wear out completely

    2. I'm beat
    3. be a mystery or bewildering to

    4. This beats me!
    5. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

    6. Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
      We beat the competition
    7. beat through cleverness and wit

    8. I beat the traffic
    9. give a beating to

    10. Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night
      The teacher used to beat the students
    11. hit repeatedly

    12. beat on the door
      beat the table with his shoe
    13. strike ( water or bushes ) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting

    14. strike ( a part of one's own body ) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music

    15. beat one's breast
      beat one's foot rhythmically
    16. stir vigorously

    17. beat the egg whites
      beat the cream
    18. shape by beating

    19. beat swords into ploughshares
    20. produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly

    21. beat the drum
    22. make by pounding or trampling

    23. beat a path through the forest
    24. move with or as if with a regular alternating motion

    25. move rhythmically

    26. Her heart was beating fast
    27. indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks

    28. beat the rhythm
    29. sail with much tacking or with difficulty

    30. The boat beat in the strong wind
    31. move with a flapping motion

    32. move with a thrashing motion

    33. The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky
    34. glare or strike with great intensity

    35. The sun was beating down on us
    36. make a rhythmic sound

    37. The drums beat all night
    38. make a sound like a clock or a timer

    39. the grandfather clock beat midnight
    40. avoid paying

    41. beat the subway fare
    42. be superior

    43. Reading beats watching television
      This sure beats work!
    Adjective
    1. very tired

    2. so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere
    Noun
    1. the act of beating to windward

    2. a stroke or blow

    3. the signal was two beats on the steam pipe
    4. a regular rate of repetition

    5. the cox raised the beat
    6. the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music

    7. the conductor set the beat
    8. the accent in a metrical foot of verse

    9. the sound of stroke or blow

    10. he heard the beat of a drum
    11. the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart

    12. he could feel the beat of her heart
    13. a regular route for a sentry or policeman

    14. in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name
    15. a member of the beat generation

    16. a single pulsation of an oscillation produced by adding two waves of different frequencies



    Definition of beat by GCIDE Dictionary

    Beat


    1. Beat ( bēt ), v. t. [imp. Beat; p. p. Beat, Beaten ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Beating.] [OE. beaten, beten, AS. beátan; akin to Icel. bauta, OHG. bōzan. Cf. 1st Butt, Button.]
      1. 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”.

      Thou shalt beat some of it [spices] very small. Ex. xxx. 36.

      They did beat the gold into thin plates. Ex. xxxix. 3.

      2. To punish by blows; to thrash.

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

      To beat the woods, and rouse the bounding prey. Prior.

      4. To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind.

      A frozen continent . . . beat with perpetual storms. Milton.

      5. To tread, as a path.

      Pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way. Blackmore.

      6. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish, defeat, or conquer; to surpass or be superior to.

      He beat them in a bloody battle. Prescott.

      For loveliness, it would be hard to beat that. M. Arnold.

      7. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; -- often with out. [Colloq.]

      8. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.

      Why should any one . . . beat his head about the Latin grammar who does not intend to be a critic? Locke.

      9. ( Mil. ) 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.

      10. to baffle or stump; to defy the comprehension of ( a person ); as, “it beats me why he would do that”.

      11. to evade, avoid, or escape ( blame, taxes, punishment ); as, “to beat the rap ( be acquitted ); to beat the sales tax by buying out of state”.

      To beat down, to haggle with ( any one ) to secure a lower price; to force down. [Colloq.] -- To beat into, to teach or instill, by repetition. -- To beat off, to repel or drive back. -- To beat out, to extend by hammering. -- To beat out of a thing, to cause to relinquish it, or give it up. “Nor can anything beat their posterity out of it to this day.” South. -- To beat the dust. ( Man. ) To take in too little ground with the fore legs, as a horse. To perform curvets too precipitately or too low. -- To beat the hoof, to walk; to go on foot. -- To beat the wing, to flutter; to move with fluttering agitation. -- To beat time, to measure or regulate time in music by the motion of the hand or foot. -- To beat up, to attack suddenly; to alarm or disturb; as, to beat up an enemy's quarters.

      Syn. -- To strike; pound; bang; buffet; maul; drub; thump; baste; thwack; thrash; pommel; cudgel; belabor; conquer; defeat; vanquish; overcome.

    2. Beat ( bēt ), v. t. [imp. Beat; p. p. Beat, Beaten ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Beating.] [OE. beaten, beten, AS. beátan; akin to Icel. bauta, OHG. bōzan. Cf. 1st Butt, Button.]
      1. 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”.

      Thou shalt beat some of it [spices] very small. Ex. xxx. 36.

      They did beat the gold into thin plates. Ex. xxxix. 3.

      2. To punish by blows; to thrash.

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

      To beat the woods, and rouse the bounding prey. Prior.

      4. To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind.

      A frozen continent . . . beat with perpetual storms. Milton.

      5. To tread, as a path.

      Pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way. Blackmore.

      6. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish, defeat, or conquer; to surpass or be superior to.

      He beat them in a bloody battle. Prescott.

      For loveliness, it would be hard to beat that. M. Arnold.

      7. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; -- often with out. [Colloq.]

      8. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.

      Why should any one . . . beat his head about the Latin grammar who does not intend to be a critic? Locke.

      9. ( Mil. ) 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.

      10. to baffle or stump; to defy the comprehension of ( a person ); as, “it beats me why he would do that”.

      11. to evade, avoid, or escape ( blame, taxes, punishment ); as, “to beat the rap ( be acquitted ); to beat the sales tax by buying out of state”.

      To beat down, to haggle with ( any one ) to secure a lower price; to force down. [Colloq.] -- To beat into, to teach or instill, by repetition. -- To beat off, to repel or drive back. -- To beat out, to extend by hammering. -- To beat out of a thing, to cause to relinquish it, or give it up. “Nor can anything beat their posterity out of it to this day.” South. -- To beat the dust. ( Man. ) To take in too little ground with the fore legs, as a horse. To perform curvets too precipitately or too low. -- To beat the hoof, to walk; to go on foot. -- To beat the wing, to flutter; to move with fluttering agitation. -- To beat time, to measure or regulate time in music by the motion of the hand or foot. -- To beat up, to attack suddenly; to alarm or disturb; as, to beat up an enemy's quarters.

      Syn. -- To strike; pound; bang; buffet; maul; drub; thump; baste; thwack; thrash; pommel; cudgel; belabor; conquer; defeat; vanquish; overcome.

    3. Beat ( bēt ), v. t. [imp. Beat; p. p. Beat, Beaten ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Beating.] [OE. beaten, beten, AS. beátan; akin to Icel. bauta, OHG. bōzan. Cf. 1st Butt, Button.]
      1. 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”.

      Thou shalt beat some of it [spices] very small. Ex. xxx. 36.

      They did beat the gold into thin plates. Ex. xxxix. 3.

      2. To punish by blows; to thrash.

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

      To beat the woods, and rouse the bounding prey. Prior.

      4. To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind.

      A frozen continent . . . beat with perpetual storms. Milton.

      5. To tread, as a path.

      Pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way. Blackmore.

      6. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish, defeat, or conquer; to surpass or be superior to.

      He beat them in a bloody battle. Prescott.

      For loveliness, it would be hard to beat that. M. Arnold.

      7. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; -- often with out. [Colloq.]

      8. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.

      Why should any one . . . beat his head about the Latin grammar who does not intend to be a critic? Locke.

      9. ( Mil. ) 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.

      10. to baffle or stump; to defy the comprehension of ( a person ); as, “it beats me why he would do that”.

      11. to evade, avoid, or escape ( blame, taxes, punishment ); as, “to beat the rap ( be acquitted ); to beat the sales tax by buying out of state”.

      To beat down, to haggle with ( any one ) to secure a lower price; to force down. [Colloq.] -- To beat into, to teach or instill, by repetition. -- To beat off, to repel or drive back. -- To beat out, to extend by hammering. -- To beat out of a thing, to cause to relinquish it, or give it up. “Nor can anything beat their posterity out of it to this day.” South. -- To beat the dust. ( Man. ) To take in too little ground with the fore legs, as a horse. To perform curvets too precipitately or too low. -- To beat the hoof, to walk; to go on foot. -- To beat the wing, to flutter; to move with fluttering agitation. -- To beat time, to measure or regulate time in music by the motion of the hand or foot. -- To beat up, to attack suddenly; to alarm or disturb; as, to beat up an enemy's quarters.

      Syn. -- To strike; pound; bang; buffet; maul; drub; thump; baste; thwack; thrash; pommel; cudgel; belabor; conquer; defeat; vanquish; overcome.

    4. Beat, v. i.
      1. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.

      The men of the city . . . beat at the door. Judges. xix. 22.

      2. To move with pulsation or throbbing.

      A thousand hearts beat happily. Byron.

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

      Sees rolling tempests vainly beat below. Dryden.

      They [winds] beat at the crazy casement. Longfellow.

      The sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die. Jonah iv. 8.

      Public envy seemeth to beat chiefly upon ministers. Bacon.

      4. To be in agitation or doubt. [Poetic]

      To still my beating mind. Shak.

      5. ( Naut. ) To make progress against the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line or traverse.

      6. To make a sound when struck; as, “the drums beat”.

      7. ( Mil. ) To make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, “the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters”.

      8. ( Acoustics & Mus. ) 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.

      A beating wind ( Naut. ), a wind which necessitates tacking in order to make progress. -- To beat about, to try to find; to search by various means or ways. Addison. -- To beat about the bush, to approach a subject circuitously. -- To beat up and down ( Hunting ), to run first one way and then another; -- said of a stag. -- To beat up for recruits, to go diligently about in order to get helpers or participators in an enterprise. -- To beat the rap, to be acquitted of an accusation; -- especially, by some sly or deceptive means, rather than to be proven innocent.

    5. Beat ( ), n.
      1. A stroke; a blow.

      He, with a careless beat,

      Struck out the mute creation at a heat. Dryden.

      2. A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, “a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse”.

      3. ( Mus. ) 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. A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament.

      4. ( Acoustics & Mus. ) A sudden swelling or reënforcement 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.

      5. A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, “a watchman's beat”; analogously, for newspaper reporters, the subject or territory that they are assigned to cover; as, “the Washington beat”.

      [1913 Webster +PJC]

      6. A place of habitual or frequent resort.

      7. A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; -- often emphasized by dead; as, “a dead beat”; also, deadbeat. [Low]

      Beat of drum ( Mil. ), a succession of strokes varied, in different ways, for particular purposes, as to regulate a march, to call soldiers to their arms or quarters, to direct an attack, or retreat, etc. -- Beat of a watch, or Beat of a clock, the stroke or sound made by the action of the escapement. A clock is in beat or out of beat, according as the stroke is at equal or unequal intervals.

    6. Beat, a. Weary; tired; fatigued; exhausted. [Colloq.]

      Quite beat, and very much vexed and disappointed. Dickens.

    7. Beat, n.
      1. One that beats, or surpasses, another or others; as, “the beat of him”. [Colloq.]

      2. The act of one that beats a person or thing; as: ( Newspaper Cant ) The act of obtaining and publishing a piece of news by a newspaper before its competitors; also, the news itself; -- also called a scoop or exclusive.

      It's a beat on the whole country. Scribner's Mag.

      ( Hunting ) The act of scouring, or ranging over, a tract of land to rouse or drive out game; also, those so engaged, collectively. “Driven out in the course of a beat.” Encyc. of Sport.

      Bears coming out of holes in the rocks at the last moment, when the beat is close to them. Encyc. of Sport.

      ( Fencing ) A smart tap on the adversary's blade.

    8. Scoop , n. [OE. scope, of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. skopa, akin to D. schop a shovel, G. schüppe, and also to E. shove. See Shovel.]
      1. A large ladle; a vessel with a long handle, used for dipping liquids; a utensil for bailing boats.

      2. A deep shovel, or any similar implement for digging out and dipping or shoveling up anything; as, “a flour scoop; the scoop of a dredging machine”.

      3. ( Surg. ) A spoon-shaped instrument, used in extracting certain substances or foreign bodies.

      4. A place hollowed out; a basinlike cavity; a hollow.

      Some had lain in the scoop of the rock. J. R. Drake.

      5. A sweep; a stroke; a swoop.

      6. The act of scooping, or taking with a scoop or ladle; a motion with a scoop, as in dipping or shoveling.

      7. a quantity sufficient to fill a scoop; -- used especially for ice cream, dispensed with an ice cream scoop; as, “an ice cream cone with two scoops”.

      8. an act of reporting ( news, research results ) before a rival; also called a beat. [Newspaper or laboratory cant]

      9. news or information; as, “what's the scoop on John's divorce?”. [informal]

      Scoop net, a kind of hand net, used in fishing; also, a net for sweeping the bottom of a river. -- Scoop wheel, a wheel for raising water, having scoops or buckets attached to its circumference; a tympanum.

    9. Undulation , n. [Cf. F. ondulation.]
      1. The act of undulating; a waving motion or vibration; as, “the undulations of a fluid, of water, or of air; the undulations of sound”.

      2. A wavy appearance or outline; waviness. Evelyn.

      3. ( Mus. ) The tremulous tone produced by a peculiar pressure of the finger on a string, as of a violin. The pulsation caused by the vibrating together of two tones not quite in unison; -- called also beat.

      4. ( Physics ) A motion to and fro, up and down, or from side to side, in any fluid or elastic medium, propagated continuously among its particles, but with no translation of the particles themselves in the direction of the propagation of the wave; a wave motion; a vibration.