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beat

noun

1 beat

A regular route for a sentry or policeman:
— In the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name.

synonym: round.

Roget 886: servility; slavery etc. (subjection) 749; obsequiousness etc. adj.; subserviency; abasement; prostration, prosternation; genuflection ... show more

Roget 627: method, way, manner, wise, gait, form, mode, fashion, tone, guise; modus operandi, MO; procedure etc. ... show more

Roget 625: business, occupation, employment; pursuit etc. 622; what one is doing, what one is about; affair, concern, matter, case.    matter in hand, ... show more

Roget 181: region, sphere, ground, soil, area, field, realm, hemisphere, quarter, district, beat, orb, circuit, circle; ... show more

Roget 273: ship, vessel, sail; craft, bottom.    navy, marine, fleet, flotilla; shipping.    man of war etc. (combatant) 726; ... show more

Dutch: ronde



2 beat

The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart:
— He could feel the beat of her heart.

synonyms: heartbeat, pulsation, pulse.

Roget 138: periodicity, intermittence; beat; oscillation etc. 314; pulse, pulsation; rhythm; alternation, alternateness, alternativeness, alternity.    bout, ... show more

Roget 314: oscillation; vibration, libration; motion of a pendulum; nutation; undulation; pulsation; pulse.    alternation; coming and going etc. v.; ebb and flow, flux and reflux, ... show more

Dutch: hartslag, pols

3 beat

The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music:
— The conductor set the beat.

synonyms: musical rhythm, rhythm.

Dutch: puls, cadans, maat, ritme
Polish: rytm

4 beat

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: beat, ritme, zweving

5 beat

A member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior.

synonym: beatnik.

Polish: bitnik, beatnik

6 beat

The sound of stroke or blow.

Polish: wybicie

7 beat

prosody The accent in a metrical foot of verse.

synonyms: cadence, measure, meter, metre.

Polish: tok, miara wierszowa, metrum

8 beat

A regular rate of repetition.

9 beat

A stroke or blow.

10 beat

The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing.

Dutch: pulsatie

verb

1 beat

Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict:
— Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship.
— We beat the competition.

synonyms: beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish.

Roget 330: come to dust; be disintegrated, be reduced to powder &c.. reduce to powder, grind to powder; pulverize, comminute, granulate, triturate, levigate; scrape, file, abrade, ... show more

Dutch: overwinnen, overwinnen, verslaan

2 beat

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.

synonyms: beat up, work over.

Dutch: afdrogen, aframmelen, afranselen, afrossen, aftroeven, aftuigen, inpeperen

3 beat

Hit repeatedly.

Roget 33: be superior etc. adj.; exceed, excel, transcend; outdo, outbalance, outweigh, outrank, outrival, out-Herod; pass, surpass, ... show more

4 beat

Move rhythmically:
— Her heart was beating fast.

synonyms: pound, thump.

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

Roget 276: give an impetus etc. n.; impel, push; start, give a start to, set going; drive, urge, boom; thrust, prod, ... show more

5 beat

Shape by beating.

Dutch: slaan

6 beat

Make a rhythmic sound:
— The drums beat all night.

synonyms: drum, thrum.

Dutch: slaan, trommelen

7 beat

Glare or strike with great intensity.

8 beat

Move with a thrashing motion:
— The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky.

synonym: flap.

9 beat

Sail with much tacking or with difficulty.

10 beat

Stir vigorously:
— Beat the egg whites.
— Beat the cream.

synonym: scramble.

Dutch: kloppen

11 beat

Strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music.

12 beat

Be superior.

13 beat

Avoid paying:
— Beat the subway fare.

synonym: bunk.

14 beat

Make a sound like a clock or a timer:
— The grandfather clock beat midnight.

synonyms: tick, ticktack, ticktock.

Roget 407: roll, drum, rumble, rattle, clatter, patter, clack; bombinate.    hum, trill, shake; chime, peal, toll; ... show more

15 beat

Move with a flapping motion.

synonym: flap.

16 beat

Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks.

17 beat

Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion.

synonyms: pulsate, quiver.

Roget 315: be agitated &c.; shake; tremble, tremble like an aspen leaf; quiver, quaver, quake, shiver, twitter, twire, writhe, toss, shuffle, ... show more

Roget 138: recur in regular order, recur in regular succession; return, revolve; come again, come in its turn; come round, come round again; beat, pulsate; alternate; intermit.   

Roget 314: oscillate; vibrate, librate; alternate, undulate, wave; rock, swing; pulsate, beat; wag, waggle; nod, bob, ... show more

18 beat

Make by pounding or trampling.

19 beat

Produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly.

20 beat

Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting.

21 beat

Beat through cleverness and wit:
— I beat the traffic.

synonyms: circumvent, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach.

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

Roget 303: transgress, surpass, pass; go beyond, go by; show in front, come to the front; shoot ahead of; steal a march upon, steal a gain upon.    overstep, overpass, overreach, overgo, ... show more

Dutch: verschalken

22 beat

Be a mystery or bewildering to:
— This beats me!.

synonyms: amaze, baffle, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex ... show more.

Dutch: verbluffen, verlegenheid, verstomd doen staan

23 beat

Wear out completely:
— I'm beat.

synonyms: exhaust, tucker, tucker out, wash up.

Dutch: afjakkeren, afmatten, aftobben, slopen, uitputten

adjective

1 beat

Very tired:
— So beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere.

synonyms: all in, bushed, dead.


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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