- the act of a person or thing that beats
- a whipping or thrashing
- a throbbing; pulsation
- a defeat
- An act of repeated hitting or striking.
- a. A thorough defeat, as in an athletic contest.b. 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, especially that produced by the superposition of two waves of different frequencies, resulting in segments of more intense and then less intense wave phenomena, such as louder and then quieter sound.
- Present participle of beat.
Variant of beat
transitive verbbeat, beaten, beating
- 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 of beatMiddle 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
to hunt or look through or around
to force to retreat; drive back
- to shine steadily with dazzling light and intense heat, as the sun
- to put down; suppress
- Informal to force to a lower price
Slang go away!
- to drive back; repel
- ☆ Slang to masturbate: said of a male
beat one's meat
Slang, Vulgar to masturbate: said of a male
Baseball to reach first base safely on (a bunt or grounder), as before an infielder's throw
beat up (on)☆
Slang to give a beating to; thrash
on the beat
to beat the band
Slang with great energy and vigor; fast and furiously