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Noun: beats  beets
  1. A United States youth subculture of the 1950s; rejected possessions or regular work or traditional dress; for communal living and psychedelic drugs and anarchism; favoured modern forms of jazz (e.g., bebop)
    - beat generation, beatniks
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 rhythmic 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
Verb: beat (beat,beaten)  beet
  1. 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
  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. Hit repeatedly
    "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
  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. Move 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
  14. Make a sound like a clock or a timer
    "the grandfather clock beat midnight";
    - tick, ticktock, ticktack
  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. 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
  23. Wear out completely
    "I'm beat";
    - exhaust, wash up, tucker [N. Amer], tucker out [N. Amer]

Sounds like: beets

See also: beaten

Type of: agitate, be, cheat, chisel, commove, create, defeat, displace, disturb, exceed, fag, fag out [Brit], fatigue, forge, form, get the better of, glare, go, itinerary, jade, knacker [Brit], 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, 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, youth subculture

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