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  • 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
  • n  the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
    he could feel the beat of her heart
  • n  the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
    the conductor set the beat
  • 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
  • n  a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
  • n  the sound of stroke or blow
    he heard the beat of a drum
  • n  (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
  • n  a regular rate of repetition
    the cox raised the beat
  • n  a stroke or blow
    the signal was two beats on the steam pipe
  • n  the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
  • v  come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
    We beat the competition
  • 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
  • v  hit repeatedly
    beat on the door
    beat the table with his shoe
  • v  move rhythmically
    Her heart was beating fast
  • v  shape by beating
    beat swords into ploughshares
  • v  make a rhythmic sound
    The drums beat all night
  • v  glare or strike with great intensity
    The sun was beating down on us
  • v  move with a thrashing motion
    The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky
  • v  sail with much tacking or with difficulty
    The boat beat in the strong wind
  • v  stir vigorously
    beat the egg whites
    beat the cream
  • 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
  • v  be superior
    Reading beats watching television
    This sure beats work!
  • v  avoid paying
    beat the subway fare
  • v  make a sound like a clock or a timer
    the grandfather clock beat midnight
  • v  move with a flapping motion
  • v  indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
  • v  move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
  • v  make by pounding or trampling
    beat a path through the forest
  • v  produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
    beat the drum
  • v  strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
  • v  beat through cleverness and wit
    I beat the traffic
  • v  be a mystery or bewildering to
    This beats me!
  • v  wear out completely
    I'm beat
  • s  very tired
    so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere

  • 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.
  • In the smoke-filled cellar cafs and cold-water flats of San Francisco's waterfront and Manhattan's Greenwich Village, the word these days is "beat.
  • Traditionally, in Democratic contests, hops trump grapes: Walter Mondale beat Gary Hart in 1984, Bill Clinton beat Paul Tsongas in 1992, Al Gore beat Bill Bradley in 2000, and John .
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  • Eats Beat
    EATS BEAT * Square 1682 - American Kitchen & Cocktails (121 S. 17th St., 215-563-5008, has a summer happy hour, 4-7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 30. Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. is Center City SIPS day. Expect $5 wines
    June 13, 2013 - Philadelphia Daily News
  • Timbers beat Rowdies 2-0 in US Open Cup
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Michael Nanchoff and Jack Jewsbury scored and the Portland Timbers beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 on Wednesday night to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.
    June 13, 2013 - The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports
  • Beat Publication Celebrates Rock’s Cast of Characters
    Beat, a new music publication from England, celebrates rock’s cast of characters.
    June 12, 2013 - New York Times

  • Johan Cruyff in The Associated Press
    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...
  • Vera Zvonareva in BBC Sport
    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... Joachim Loew Financial News USA (press release) Jul 7, 2010 8784 12503 beatable She's beatable - she's a human being, not a machine," she said. "It's very difficult to beat her, you have to play your best, but you can do it."

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