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  1. (verb-transitive) To strike repeatedly.
  2. (verb-transitive) To subject to repeated beatings or physical abuse; batter.
  3. (verb-transitive) To punish by hitting or whipping; flog.
  4. (verb-transitive) To strike against repeatedly and with force; pound: waves beating the shore.
  5. (verb-transitive) To flap, especially wings.
  6. (verb-transitive) To strike so as to produce music or a signal: beat a drum.
  7. (verb-transitive) Music To mark or count (time or rhythm), especially with the hands or with a baton.
  8. (verb-transitive) To shape or break by repeated blows; forge: beat the glowing metal into a dagger.
  9. (verb-transitive) To make by pounding or trampling: beat a path through the jungle.
  10. (verb-transitive) To mix rapidly with a utensil: beat two eggs in a bowl.
  11. (verb-transitive) To defeat or subdue, as in a contest.
  12. (verb-transitive) To force to withdraw or retreat: beat back the enemy.
  13. (verb-transitive) To dislodge from a position: I beat him down to a lower price.
  14. (verb-transitive) Informal To be superior to or better than: Riding beats walking.
  15. (verb-transitive) Slang To perplex or baffle: It beats me; I don't know the answer.
  16. (verb-transitive) Informal To avoid or counter the effects of, often by thinking ahead; circumvent: beat the traffic.
  17. (verb-transitive) Informal To arrive or finish before (another): We beat you home by five minutes.
  18. (verb-transitive) Informal To deprive, as by craft or ability: He beat me out of 20 dollars with his latest scheme.
  19. (verb-transitive) Physics To cause a reference wave to combine with (a second wave) so that the frequency of the second wave can be studied through time variations in the amplitude of the combination.
  20. (verb-intransitive) To inflict repeated blows.
  21. (verb-intransitive) To pulsate; throb.
  22. (verb-intransitive) To emit sound when struck: The gong beat thunderously.
  23. (verb-intransitive) To strike a drum.
  24. (verb-intransitive) To flap repeatedly.
  25. (verb-intransitive) To shine or glare intensely: The sun beat down on us all day.
  26. (verb-intransitive) To fall in torrents: The rain beat on the roof.
  27. (verb-intransitive) To hunt through woods or underbrush in search of game.
  28. (verb-intransitive) Nautical To sail in the direction from which the wind blows.
  29. (noun) A stroke or blow, especially one that produces a sound or serves as a signal.
  30. (noun) A pulsation or throb.
  31. (noun) Physics A variation in amplitude that results from the superpositioning of two or more waves of different frequencies. When sound waves are combined, the variation is heard as a pulsation in the sound.
  32. (noun) Music A steady succession of units of rhythm.
  33. (noun) Music A gesture used by a conductor to indicate such a unit.
  34. (noun) A pattern of stress that produces the rhythm of verse.
  35. (noun) A variable unit of time measuring a pause taken by an actor, as for dramatic effect.
  36. (noun) The area regularly covered by a reporter, a police officer, or a sentry: television's culture beat.
  37. (noun) The reporting of a news item obtained ahead of one's competitors.
  38. (noun) A member of the Beat Generation.
  39. (adjective) Informal Worn-out; fatigued.
  40. (adjective) Of or relating to the Beat Generation.
  41. (phrasal-verb) beat off To drive away.
  42. (phrasal-verb) beat off Vulgar Slang To masturbate.
  43. (phrasal-verb) beat out Baseball To reach base safely on (a bunt or ground ball) when a putout is attempted.
  44. (idiom) beat all To be impressive or amazing. Often used in negative conditional constructions: If that doesn't beat all!
  45. (idiom) beat a retreat To make a hasty withdrawal.
  46. (idiom) around To fail to confront a subject directly.
  47. (idiom) beat it Slang To leave hurriedly.
  48. (idiom) beat the bushes To make an exhaustive search.
  49. (idiom) drum To give enthusiastic public support or promotion: a politician who beats the drum for liberalism.
  50. (idiom) beat up on To attack physically.
  51. (idiom) beat up on To criticize or scold harshly.
  52. (idiom) to beat the band To an extreme degree.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. Punch's eye was still glued to the opening, he saw the soldiers turn rightabout face, disappear through the open doorway, and then, beat, beat, beat, the sound of marching began again, this time to die slowly away, and he looked and listened till the pressure of Pen's hand upon his arm grew almost painful. - !Tention A Story of Boy-Life during the Peninsular War
  2. I next inquired of a watchman, who said there was no place upon his beat; but beat was Gaelic to me; and I repeated my inquiry to another, who directed me towards the hells of Saffron Hill. - Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume XXII
  3. The word beat through her brain, both a paradise and a churning storm. - Ecstasy in Darkness
  4. As we look at this picture, I don't know if it comes across on TV, having been close to the shuttles many times, what you notice when you see them up close is how, well, you almost want to use the term beat up. - CNN Transcript Jul 14, 2002
  5. The fact that an officer could be in a Police station at the other end of the country and as long as he was dealing with an offender that had committed an offence on his patch it was counted as being on his beat is absolutely disgusting and a very cynical way of deliberatly manipulating statistics to mislead the public. - Hayley Adamson is dead but Northumbria wins Gold! « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG


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