- beat as a noun:
- 10 as a verb:
- 23 as an adjective:
A regular route for a sentry or policeman:
— In the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name.
The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart:
— He could feel the beat of her heart.
Dutch: pols, hartslag
The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music:
— The conductor set the beat.
Dutch: puls, cadans, maat, ritme
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.
Dutch: ritme, zweving, beat
A member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior.
Polish: bitnik, beatnik
The sound of stroke or blow.
prosody The accent in a metrical foot of verse.
Polish: tok, miara wierszowa, metrum
A regular rate of repetition.
A stroke or blow.
The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing.
Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict:
— Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship.
— We beat the competition.
Dutch: overwinnen, overwinnen, verslaan
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.
Dutch: afdrogen, aframmelen, afranselen, afrossen, aftroeven, aftuigen, inpeperen
— Her heart was beating fast.
Roget 972: punish; chastise, chasten; castigate, correct, inflict punishment, administer correction, deal retributive justice; cowhide, lambaste [Slang]. visit upon, pay; pay out, serve out; ... show more
Shape by beating.
Glare or strike with great intensity.
Move with a thrashing motion:
— The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky.
Sail with much tacking or with difficulty.
— Beat the egg whites.
— Beat the cream.
Strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music.
— Beat the subway fare.
Make a sound like a clock or a timer:
— The grandfather clock beat midnight.
Move with a flapping motion.
Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks.
Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion.
Make by pounding or trampling.
Produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly.
Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting.
Beat through cleverness and wit:
— I beat the traffic.
Roget 731: succeed; be successful etc. adj.; gain one's end, gain one's ends; crown with success. gain a point, attain a point, carry a point, secure a point, win a point, win an object; get there [U.S.]; ... show more
Be a mystery or bewildering to:
— This beats me!.
Dutch: verbluffen, verlegenheid, verstomd doen staan
Wear out completely:
— I'm beat.
Dutch: afjakkeren, afmatten, aftobben, slopen, uitputten
Moby thesaurus: Alexandrine, Bohemian, about ship, abrade, abscond, accent, accentuation, addle, addled, aerate, agitate, air lane, all in, all up with, alternation, amaze, ambit, amphibrach, amphimacer, anacrusis ... show more.
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