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Definition of "beat" []

  • To strike repeatedly. (verb-transitive)
  • To subject to repeated beatings or physical abuse; batter. (verb-transitive)
  • To punish by hitting or whipping; flog. (verb-transitive)
  • To strike against repeatedly and with force; pound: waves beating the shore. (verb-transitive)
  • To flap, especially wings. (verb-transitive)
  • To strike with or as if with a series of violent blows; dash or pound repeatedly (against) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To punish by striking; flog (verb)
  • To move or cause to move up and down; flap (verb)
  • To throb rhythmically; pulsate (verb)
  • To make (one's way) by or as if by blows (verb)
  • To stir or whisk (an ingredient or mixture) vigorously (verb)
  • To shape, make thin, or flatten (a piece of metal) by repeated blows (verb)
  • To indicate (time) by the motion of one's hand, baton, etc, or by the action of a metronome (verb)
  • To produce (a sound or signal) by or as if by striking a drum (verb)
  • To sound or cause to sound, by or as if by beating (verb)
  • To overcome (an opponent) in a contest, battle, etc (verb)
  • To drive, push, or thrust (verb)
  • To arrive or finish before (someone or something); anticipate or forestall (verb)
  • To form (a path or track) by repeatedly walking or riding over it (verb)
  • To scour (woodlands, coverts, or undergrowth) so as to rouse game for shooting (verb)
  • To puzzle or baffle (verb)
  • (of sounds or electrical signals) to combine and produce a pulsating sound or signal (verb)
  • To steer a sailing vessel as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing (verb)
  • To cheat or defraud (verb)
  • A stroke or blow (noun)
  • The sound made by a stroke or blow (noun)
  • A regular sound or stroke; throb (noun)
  • An assigned or habitual round or route, as of a policeman or sentry (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music, usually grouped in twos, threes, or fours (noun)
  • Pop or rock music characterized by a heavy rhythmic beat (noun)
  • The low regular frequency produced by combining two sounds or electrical signals that have similar frequencies (noun)
  • The impulse given to the balance wheel by the action of the escapement (noun)
  • The accent, stress, or ictus in a metrical foot (noun)
  • A course that steers a sailing vessel as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing (noun)
  • The act of scouring for game by beating (noun)
  • The organized scouring of a particular woodland so as to rouse the game in it (noun)
  • The woodland where game is so roused (noun)
  • A sharp tap with one's blade on an opponent's blade to deflect it (noun)
  • Of, characterized by, or relating to the Beat Generation (noun)
  • Totally exhausted (adjective)

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Use "beat" in a sentence
  • "Punch's eye was still glued to the opening, he saw the soldiers turn rightabout face, disappear through the open doorway, and then, _beat, beat, beat_, the sound of marching began again, this time to die slowly away, and he looked and listened till the pressure of Pen's hand upon his arm grew almost painful."
  • "I next inquired of a watchman, who said there was no place upon his beat; but _beat_ was Gaelic to me; and I repeated my inquiry to another, who directed me towards the hells of Saffron Hill."
  • "The word beat through her brain, both a paradise and a churning storm."