Noun: beating bee-ting
Verb: beat (beat,beaten) beet
- The act of overcoming or outdoing
- The act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
- thrashing, licking, drubbing, lacing, trouncing, whacking, hiding
- Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
"Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition";
- beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
- 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";
- beat up, work over
- Hit repeatedly
"beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
- Move rhythmically
"Her heart was beating fast";
- pound, thump
- Shape by beating
"beat swords into ploughshares"
- Make a rhythmic sound
"Rain beat against the windscreen";
- drum, thrum
- Glare or strike with great intensity
"The sun was beating down on us"
- Move with a thrashing motion
"The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky";
- Sail with much tacking or with difficulty
"The boat beat in the strong wind"
- (cooking) stir vigorously
"beat the cream";
- 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"
- Be superior
"Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
- Avoid paying
"beat the subway fare";
- Make a sound like a clock or a timer
"the grandfather clock beat midnight";
- tick, ticktock, ticktack
- Move with a flapping motion
"The bird's wings were beating";
- Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
"Beat the rhythm"
- Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
"the city beat with music and excitement";
- pulsate, quiver
- Make by pounding or trampling
"beat a path through the forest"
- (music) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
"beat the drum"
- Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
- Beat through cleverness and wit
"I beat the traffic";
- outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, circumvent, outthink
- Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
"This beats me!";
- confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate, perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, dumbfound
- Wear out completely
- exhaust, wash up, tucker [N. Amer], tucker out [N. Amer]
Derived forms: beatings
See also: beaten
Type of: agitate, be, cheat, chisel, combat, commove, corporal punishment, create, defeat, displace, disturb, exceed, fag, fag out [Brit], fatigue, fight, fighting, forge, form, get the better of, glare, go, jade, knacker [Brit], make, mold [N. Amer], mould [Brit, Cdn], move, outdo, outgo [archaic], outmatch, outperform, outstrip, outwear, overcome, play, raise up, rip off, sail, scrap, shake up, shape, sound, stir up, strike, surmount, surpass, tire, tire out, vex, wear, wear down, wear out, wear upon, weary, work
Encyclopedia: Beating Beat