beat beat  /ˈbit/


  1. (n) a regular route for a sentry or policeman
  2. (n) the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
  3. (n) the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
  4. (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
  5. (n) a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
  6. (n) the sound of stroke or blow
  7. (n) (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
  8. (n) a regular rate of repetition
  9. (n) a stroke or blow
  10. (n) the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
  11. (v) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
  12. (v) give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
  13. (v) hit repeatedly
  14. (v) move rhythmically
  15. (v) shape by beating
  16. (v) make a rhythmic sound
  17. (v) glare or strike with great intensity
  18. (v) move with a thrashing motion
  19. (v) sail with much tacking or with difficulty
  20. (v) stir vigorously
  21. (v) strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music
  22. (v) be superior
  23. (v) avoid paying
  24. (v) make a sound like a clock or a timer
  25. (v) move with a flapping motion
  26. (v) indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
  27. (v) move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
  28. (v) make by pounding or trampling
  29. (v) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
  30. (v) strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
  31. (v) beat through cleverness and wit
  32. (v) be a mystery or bewildering to
  33. (v) wear out completely
  34. (adj) very tired

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  1. If the public is so fed up with the war and the White House, why are Republicans like Giuliani and McCain still beating out the likes of Hillary and Obama in a head-to-head contest.
  2. With it youngsters can keep the beat to a wacky lament of a dying rancher called Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport.


  1. Police beat: Trio arrested on theft and related charges

    Police Beat items are compiled from reports from Marion-area law enforcement agencies. The city law director or county prosecutor will decide whether to file formal charges.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Marion Star

  2. Dodgers Beat D-Backs 5-3 in Brawl-Filled Game

    Dodgers beat Diamondbacks 5-3 in brawl-filled game that includes 6 ejections        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: ABC News

  3. Beat Publication Celebrates Rock’s Cast of Characters

    Beat, a new music publication from England, celebrates rock’s cast of characters.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "Last night, that same Germany team that dazzled us against Argentina played football as it knows best, a football that without a doubt would have been enough to beat any other team. But not Spain," Cruyff said. "If Spain goes for you, it...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Johan Cruyff Source: The Associated Press

  2. "And we want to make more history in the final.Somebody will.Spain faces the Netherlands on Sunday at Soccer City in Johannesburg, ensuring a first-time champion. The Dutch, who beat Uruguay 3-2 on Tuesday night, have lost in their only two trips to...
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Joachim Loew Source: Financial News USA (press release)

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