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Dictionary definition for: Beat

1. (n) 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. (v) 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"

3. (v) 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"

4. (n) the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; "he could feel the beat of her heart"

5. (n) the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm" "the conductor set the beat"

6. (v) hit repeatedly; "beat on the door" "beat the table with his shoe"

7. (v) move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast"

8. (n) 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

9. (v) shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares"

10. (n) a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior

11. (v) make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield" "The drums beat all night"

12. (n) the sound of stroke or blow; "he heard the beat of a drum"

13. (v) glare or strike with great intensity; "The sun was beating down on us"

14. (n) (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

15. (v) move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings" "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"

16. (n) a regular rate of repetition; "the cox raised the beat"

17. (v) sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind"

18. (n) a stroke or blow; "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"

19. (n) the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing

20. (v) stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites" "beat the cream"

21. (v) 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"

22. (v) be superior; "Reading beats watching television" "This sure beats work!"

23. (v) avoid paying; "beat the subway fare"

24. (v) make a sound like a clock or a timer; "the clocks were ticking" "the grandfather clock beat midnight"

25. (v) move with a flapping motion; "The bird''s wings were flapping"

26. (v) indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; "Beat the rhythm"

27. (v) move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; "the city pulsated with music and excitement"

28. (v) make by pounding or trampling; "beat a path through the forest"

29. (v) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; "beat the drum"

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

31. (v) beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic" "She outfoxed her competitors"

32. (v) 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"

33. (v) wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me" "I''m beat" "He was all washed up after the exam"

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