|1.||[ verb ] come out better in a competition, race, or conflict|
|Synonyms:||crush beat_out vanquish shell trounce|
"Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship" "We beat the competition" "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
|Related terms:||overcome bat worst surpass overpower cheat outdo outfight outplay whomp walk_over outpoint spread-eagle eliminate immobilize checkmate get_the_jump outwit beating win|
|2.||[ 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"
|Related terms:||flog thrash knock_cold clobber cane pistol-whip belabour rough_up soak strong-arm spank beating hit|
|3.||[ verb ] hit repeatedly|
"beat on the door" "beat the table with his shoe"
|Related terms:||strike hammer deck full bastinado beetle thrash paste whang beater|
|4.||[ verb ] move rhythmically|
"Her heart was beating fast"
|Related terms:||move convulse flap pulsate palpitate pulse|
|5.||[ verb ] shape by beating|
"beat swords into ploughshares"
|Related terms:||shape forge|
|6.||[ verb ] (music) make a rhythmic sound|
: "Rain drummed against the windshield" "The drums beat all night"
|Related terms:||go rhythm|
|7.||[ noun ] (music) the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music|
"the piece has a fast rhythm" "the conductor set the beat"
|Related terms:||musical_time upbeat backbeat syncopation downbeat|
|8.||[ verb ] (nautical,transportation) sail with much tacking or with difficulty|
"The boat beat in the strong wind"
|Related terms:||sail navigation|
|9.||[ verb ] move with a thrashing motion|
"The bird flapped its wings" "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
|Related terms:||move clap bate|
|10.||[ noun ] the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart|
|Synonyms:||heartbeat pulse pulsation|
"he could feel the beat of her heart"
|Related terms:||periodic_event throb diastole systole pulsate|
|11.||[ verb ] glare or strike with great intensity|
"The sun was beating down on us"
|Related terms:||glare glare|
|12.||[ 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"
|Related terms:||strike rhythm|
|13.||[ noun ] (transportation) a regular route for a sentry or policeman|
"in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
|14.||[ verb ] stir vigorously|
"beat the egg whites" beat the cream"
|Related terms:||agitate stir whisk cream cooking|
|15.||[ noun ] a member of the Beat Generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior|
|Related terms:||nonconformist Beat_Generation|
|16.||[ verb ] move with or as if with a regular alternating motion|
"the city pulsated with music and excitement"
|Related terms:||move pulsate|
|17.||[ verb ] strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting|
|18.||[ verb ] (music) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly|
: "beat the drum"
|Related terms:||play music|
|19.||[ noun ] (physics) 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|
|20.||[ verb ] make by pounding or trampling|
"beat a path through the forest"
|Related terms:||make tread|
|21.||[ verb ] wear out completely|
|Synonyms:||exhaust wash_up tucker_out tucker|
"This kind of work exhausts me" "I'm beat" "He was all washed up after the exam"
|Related terms:||tire play frazzle kill kill exhaustion|
|22.||[ verb ] (music) indicate by beating; as with the fingers or drumsticks|
"Beat the rhythm"
|Related terms:||beat_out drum|
|23.||[ verb ] be a mystery or bewildering to|
|Synonyms:||puzzle bewilder baffle mystify amaze stick stupify stupefy gravel nonplus get dumbfound pose trounce flummox vex perplex|
"This beats me!" "Got me--I don't know the answer!" "a vexing problem" "This question really stuck me"
|Related terms:||confuse stagger elude riddle stump solve puzzle_over mystery bewilderment mystification mystification stupefaction puzzle|
|24.||[ noun ] (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse|
|Synonyms:||measure cadence metre meter|
|Related terms:||poetic_rhythm common_measure scansion metrical_foot catalexis prosody|
|25.||[ noun ] a stroke or blow|
"the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
|26.||[ verb ] move with a flapping motion|
"The bird's wings were flapping"
|Related terms:||move flail clap flap|
|27.||[ verb ] beat through cleverness and wit|
|Synonyms:||outsmart overreach outfox circumvent outwit|
"I beat the traffic" "She outfoxed her competitors"
|28.||[ noun ] the sound of stroke or blow|
"he heard the beat of a drum"
|Related terms:||sound tick|
|29.||[ verb ] deprive somebody of something by deceit|
|Synonyms:||cheat chisel sell_short rip_off|
"The con-man beat me out of $50" "This salesman ripped us off!" "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme" "They chiseled me out of my money"
|Related terms:||victimize overcharge swindle bilk juggle cozen gazump whipsaw welsh cheat heist deceiver deceive|
|30.||[ adjective ] (informal) very tired|
|Synonyms:||dead bushed all_in|
"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"
|Related terms:||colloquialism tired|
|31.||[ verb ] be superior|
: "Reading beats watching television" "This sure beats work!"
|32.||[ verb ] make a sound like a clock or a timer|
|Synonyms:||tick ticktack ticktock|
"the clocks were ticking" "the grandfather clock beat midnight"
|Related terms:||go watch tick|
|33.||[ noun ] a regular rate of repetition|
"the cox raised the beat"
|34.||[ verb ] avoid paying|
"beat the subway fare"
|35.||[ noun ] (nautical,transportation) the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing|