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Verb: beat (beat,beaten)  beet
  1. Hit repeatedly
    "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Move rhythmically
    "Her heart was beating fast";
    - pound, thump
  5. Shape by beating
    "beat swords into ploughshares"
  6. Make a rhythmic sound
    "Rain beat against the windscreen";
    - drum, thrum
  7. Glare or strike with great intensity
    "The sun was beating down on us"
  8. (of wings) move up and down with a thrashing motion
    "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky";
    - flap
  9. Sail with much tacking or with difficulty
    "The boat beat in the strong wind"
  10. (cooking) stir vigorously
    "beat the cream";
    - scramble
  11. 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"
  12. Be superior
    "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
  13. Avoid paying
    "beat the subway fare";
    - bunk [informal]
  14. Make a sound like a clock or a timer
    "the grandfather clock beat midnight";
    - tick, ticktock, ticktack [N. Amer]
  15. Move with a flapping motion
    "The bird's wings were beating";
    - flap
  16. Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
    "Beat the rhythm"
  17. Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
    "the city beat with music and excitement";
    - pulsate, quiver
  18. Make by pounding or trampling
    "beat a path through the forest"
  19. (music) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
    "beat the drum"
  20. Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
  21. Beat through cleverness and wit
    "I beat the traffic";
    - outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, circumvent, outthink
  22. Confuse or leave at a loss because of something complex or difficult to understand
    "This beats me!";
    - confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate [informal], perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, dumbfound
  23. [informal] Wear out completely
    "I'm beat";
    - exhaust, wash up, tucker [N. Amer, informal], tucker out [N. Amer, informal]
Noun: beat  beet
  1. A regular route for a sentry or policeman
    "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name";
    - round
  2. The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
    "he could feel the beat of her heart";
    - pulse, pulsation, heartbeat
  3. The basic regular repeating sound unit in a piece of music
    "the conductor set the beat";
    - rhythm, musical rhythm
  4. 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
  5. A member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behaviour
    - beatnik
  6. The sound of stroke or blow
    "he heard the beat of a drum"
  7. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
    - meter [US], metre [Brit, Cdn], measure, cadence
  8. A regular rate of repetition
    "the cox raised the beat"
  9. A stroke or blow
    "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
  10. The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
Adjective: beat  beet
Usage: informal
  1. Very tired
    "so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere";
    - all in, bushed, dead [informal]

Sounds like: beet

Derived forms: beaten, beat, beating, beats

See also: beaten, tired

Type of: agitate, be, cheat, chisel [informal], commove, create, defeat, displace, disturb, exceed, fag [informal], fag out [Brit, informal], fatigue, forge, form, get the better of, glare, go, itinerary, jade, knacker [Brit, informal], make, mold [N. Amer], mould [Brit, Cdn], move, musical time, nonconformist, oscillation, outdo, outgo [archaic], outmatch, outperform, outstrip, outwear, overcome, pace, path, periodic event, play, poetic rhythm, prosody, raise up, rate, recurrent event, recusant, rhythmic pattern, rip off [informal], route, sail, sailing, shake up, shape, sound, stir up, strike, stroke, surmount, surpass, tire, tire out, vex, vibration, wear, wear down, wear out, wear upon, weary, work

Part of: beat generation, beatniks, beats

Encyclopedia: Beat, bishop of Urgell