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  1. [noun] a regular route for a sentry or policeman; "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
    Synonyms: round

  2. [noun] the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; "he could feel the beat of her heart"
    Synonyms: pulse, pulsation, heart

  3. [noun] the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat"
    Synonyms: rhythm, musical rhythm

  4. [noun] 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. [noun] a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
    Synonyms: nik

  6. [noun] the sound of stroke or blow; "he heard the beat of a drum"

  7. [noun] (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
    Synonyms: meter, metre, measure, cadence

  8. [noun] a regular rate of repetition; "the cox raised the beat"

  9. [noun] a stroke or blow; "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"

  10. [noun] the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing

  11. [verb] come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
    Synonyms: out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

  12. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: up, work over

  13. [verb] hit repeatedly; "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"

  14. [verb] move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast"
    Synonyms: pound, thump

  15. [verb] shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares"

  16. [verb] make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"
    Synonyms: drum, thrum

  17. [verb] glare or strike with great intensity; "The sun was beating down on us"

  18. [verb] move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
    Synonyms: flap

  19. [verb] sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind"

  20. [verb] stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"
    Synonyms: scramble

  21. [verb] 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"

  22. [verb] be superior; "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"

  23. [verb] avoid paying; "beat the subway fare"
    Synonyms: bunk

  24. [verb] make a sound like a clock or a timer; "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight"
    Synonyms: tick, ticktock, ticktack

  25. [verb] move with a flapping motion; "The bird's wings were flapping"
    Synonyms: flap

  26. [verb] indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; "Beat the rhythm"

  27. [verb] move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; "the city pulsated with music and excitement"
    Synonyms: pulsate, quiver

  28. [verb] make by pounding or trampling; "beat a path through the forest"

  29. [verb] produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; "beat the drum"

  30. [verb] strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting

  31. [verb] beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors"
    Synonyms: outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, circumvent

  32. [verb] be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me
    Synonyms: perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound

  33. [verb] wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I'm beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam"
    Synonyms: exhaust, wash up, tucker, tucker out

  34. [adjective] very tired; "was all in at the end of the day"; "so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"; "bushed after all that exercise"; "I'm dead after that long trip"
    Synonyms: all in, bushed, dead


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