beating definition by Webster's New World
- the act of a person or thing that beats
- a whipping or thrashing
- a throbbing; pulsation
- a defeat
beating definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An act of repeated hitting or striking.
- A sound defeat.
- A sharp reversal; a setback: Stocks took a beating from panicky investors.
- A throbbing or pulsation, as of the heart.
- Physics The periodic variation in amplitude of a wave produced by the superposition of two waves of different frequencies, resulting in segments of louder, and then quieter, sound.
Variant of beat
- to hit or strike repeatedly; pound
- to punish by striking repeatedly and hard; whip, flog, spank, etc.
- to dash repeatedly against: waves beat the shore
- to form by repeated treading or riding: to beat a path through grass
- to keep walking on: to beat the pavements
- to shape or flatten by hammering; forge
- to mix by stirring or striking repeatedly with a utensil; whip (an egg, cream, etc.)
- to move (esp. wings) up and down; flap; flail
- to hunt through; search: the posse beat the countryside for the fugitive
- to make, force, or drive by or as by hitting, flailing, or pounding: to beat one's way through a crowd, to beat chalk dust from erasers
- to defeat in a race, contest, or struggle; overcome
- to outdo or surpass
- to act, arrive, or finish before
- to mark (time or rhythm) by tapping, etc.
- to sound or signal, as by a drumbeat
- Informal to baffle or puzzle
- ☆ Informal to cheat or trick
- ☆ Slang to avoid the penalties associated with (a charge, indictment, etc.); escape (a rap)
Origin: Middle English beten ; from Old English beatan ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhaut- ; from base an unverified form bhau-, an unverified form bhū-, to strike, beat from source beetle, butt and amp; butt, Classical Latin fustis, a club
- to strike, hit, or dash repeatedly and, usually, hard
- to move or sound rhythmically; throb, pulsate, vibrate, tick, etc.
- to strike about in or hunt through underbrush, woods, etc. for game
- to take beating or stirring: this cream doesn't beat well
- to make a sound by being struck, as a drum
- to beat a drum, as to sound a signal
- Informal to win
- Naut. to progress by tacking into the wind
- Radio to combine two waves of different frequencies, thus producing an additional frequency equal to the difference between these
- a beating, as of the heart
- any of a series of blows or strokes
- any of a series of movements or sounds; throb
- a habitual path or round of duty: a policeman's beat
- the subject or area assigned regularly to a news writer
- the unit of musical rhythm: four beats to a measure
- the accent or stress in the rhythm of verse or music
- the gesture of the hand, baton, etc. used to mark this
- Ballet a movement in which one leg is brought in contact with the other or both legs are brought together in the air
- ☆ Informal a person or thing that surpasses: you never saw the beat of it
- any of a group of U.S. writers in the 1950s and 1960s whose work grew out of and expressed beat attitudes
- Acoustics the regularly recurring fluctuation in loudness of sound produced by two simultaneous tones of nearly equal frequency
- ☆ Journalism a reporting of a news item ahead of all rivals; scoop
- Naut. a tack into the wind
- Radio one cycle of a frequency formed by beating
- Informal tired out; exhausted, physically or emotionally
- ☆ of or belonging to a group of young persons, esp. of the 1950s, rebelling against conventional attitudes, dress, speech, etc., largely as an expression of social disillusionment