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Definition of beat:

  1. A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; - often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat.
  2. A place of habitual or frequent resort.
  3. A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse.
  4. A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat.
  5. A smart tap on the adversary's blade.
  6. A stroke; a blow.
  7. A sudden swelling or reenforcement of a sound, recurring at regular intervals, and produced by the interference of sound waves of slightly different periods of vibrations; applied also, by analogy, to other kinds of wave motions; the pulsation or throbbing produced by the vibrating together of two tones not quite in unison. See Beat, v. i., 8.
  8. A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament.
  9. of Beat
  10. One that beats, or surpasses, another or others; as, the beat of him.
  11. The act of obtaining and publishing a piece of news by a newspaper before its competitors; also, the news itself; a scoop.
  12. The act of one that beats a person or thing
  13. The act of scouring, or ranging over, a tract of land to rouse or drive out game; also, those so engaged, collectively.
  14. The rise or fall of the hand or foot, marking the divisions of time; a division of the measure so marked. In the rhythm of music the beat is the unit.
  15. To be in agitation or doubt.
  16. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; - often with out.
  17. To come or act with violence; to dash or fall with force; to strike anything, as, rain, wind, and waves do.
  18. To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind.
  19. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
  20. To give the signal for, by beat of drum; to sound by beat of drum; as, to beat an alarm, a charge, a parley, a retreat; to beat the general, the reveille, the tattoo. See Alarm, Charge, Parley, etc.
  21. To make a sound when struck; as, the drums beat.
  22. To make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
  23. To make progress against the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line or traverse.
  24. To move with pulsation or throbbing.
  25. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish or conquer; to surpass.
  26. To punish by blows; to thrash.
  27. To scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the noise made by striking bushes, etc., for the purpose of rousing game.
  28. To sound with more or less rapid alternations of greater and less intensity, so as to produce a pulsating effect; - said of instruments, tones, or vibrations, not perfectly in unison.
  29. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
  30. To strike repeatedly; to lay repeated blows upon; as, to beat one's breast; to beat iron so as to shape it; to beat grain, in order to force out the seeds; to beat eggs and sugar; to beat a drum.
  31. To tread, as a path.
  32. Weary; tired; fatigued; exhausted.


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