Associations to the word «Beat»


BEAT, noun. A stroke; a blow.
BEAT, noun. A pulsation or throb.
BEAT, noun. A pulse on the beat level, the metric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Thus a beat is the basic time unit of a piece.
BEAT, noun. A rhythm.
BEAT, noun. (music) A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament.
BEAT, noun. The interference between two tones of almost equal frequency
BEAT, noun. A short pause in a play, screenplay, or teleplay, for dramatic or comedic effect.
BEAT, noun. The route patrolled by a police officer or a guard.
BEAT, noun. (by extension) An area of a person's responsibility, especially
BEAT, noun. In journalism, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business etc.).
BEAT, noun. (dated) An act of reporting news or scientific results before a rival; a scoop.
BEAT, noun. (colloquial) (dated) That which beats, or surpasses, another or others.
BEAT, noun. (dated) A place of habitual or frequent resort.
BEAT, noun. (archaic) A low cheat or swindler.
BEAT, noun. The instrumental portion of a piece of hip-hop music.
BEAT, noun. (hunting) The act of scouring, or ranging over, a tract of land to rouse or drive out game; also, those so engaged, collectively.
BEAT, noun. (fencing) A smart tap on the adversary's blade.
BEAT, verb. (transitive) To hit; to knock; to pound; to strike.
BEAT, verb. (transitive) To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm.
BEAT, verb. (intransitive) To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
BEAT, verb. (intransitive) To move with pulsation or throbbing.
BEAT, verb. (transitive) To win against; to defeat or overcome; to do better than, outdo, or excel (someone) in a particular, competitive event.
BEAT, verb. (intransitive) (nautical) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
BEAT, verb. (transitive) To strike (water, foliage etc.) in order to drive out game; to travel through (a forest etc.) for hunting.
BEAT, verb. To mix food in a rapid fashion. Compare whip.
BEAT, verb. (transitive) (UK) (In haggling for a price) of a buyer, to persuade the seller to reduce a price
BEAT, verb. (nonstandard) past participle of beat
BEAT, verb. (transitive) To indicate by beating or drumming.
BEAT, verb. To tread, as a path.
BEAT, verb. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
BEAT, verb. To be in agitation or doubt.
BEAT, verb. To make a sound when struck.
BEAT, verb. (military) (intransitive) To make a succession of strokes on a drum.
BEAT, verb. 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.
BEAT, adjective. (US slang) exhausted
BEAT, adjective. Dilapidated, beat up
BEAT, adjective. (gay slang) fabulous
BEAT, adjective. (slang) boring
BEAT, adjective. (slang) (of a person) ugly
BEAT, noun. A beatnik.
BEAT 'EM UP, noun. (video games) A video game of the genre oriented around interpersonal combat (e.g. martial arts, street fighting, brawling, etc). Not a tournament fighting game.
BEAT 'EM UPS, noun. Plural of beat 'em up
BEAT A DEAD HORSE, verb. (idiomatic) To persist or continue far beyond any purpose, interest or reason.
BEAT A RETREAT, verb. (idiomatic) To leave hastily in the face of opposition.
BEAT ABOUT THE BUSH, verb. Alternative form of beat around the bush
BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, verb. (idiomatic) To treat a topic, but omit its main points, often intentionally.
BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, verb. (idiomatic) To delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
BEAT BANAGHAN, verb. (idiomatic) (1811) An Irish saying of one who tells wonderful stories, or of something which is amazing and remarkable.
BEAT COP, noun. (US) A police officer who patrols the streets on foot (walks the beat)
BEAT DOWN, verb. (of the sun or rain) to strike with great force.
BEAT DOWN, verb. To haggle with someone to sell at a lower price.
BEAT DOWN, verb. (slang) to severely beat someone up
BEAT DOWN, noun. Alternative spelling of beatdown
BEAT DOWNS, noun. Plural of beat down
BEAT FEET, verb. (idiomatic) To run.
BEAT FEET, verb. (idiomatic) To flee.
BEAT GENERATION, proper noun. A group of American writers who came to prominence in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Their most important works are Jack Kerouac's On the Road (1957), Allen Ginsberg's Howl (1956), and William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch (1959).
BEAT HOLLOW, verb. (transitive) to beat up (a person) more than usually severely
BEAT HOLLOW, verb. (transitive) (colloquial) (loosely) to defeat severely in various, even non-contact, competitive sports
BEAT INTO, verb. To teach or instil by repetition.
BEAT IT, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see beat,‎ it.
BEAT IT, verb. (idiomatic) (chiefly as imperative) (pejorative) (colloquial) (dismissal) To leave; to go away.
BEAT IT, verb. (idiomatic) (US) (Canada) (vulgar) (colloquial) To masturbate, usually a man of himself.
BEAT LEVEL, noun. (music) The beat of a piece.
BEAT LEVELS, noun. Plural of beat level
BEAT OFF, verb. (transitive) To drive something away with blows or military force. Now often used figuratively.
BEAT OFF, verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) (vulgar) (colloquial) (chiefly US) (Canada) To masturbate, usually a man of himself.
BEAT OFF, verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) (vulgar) (colloquial) To waste time.
BEAT ONE'S BRAIN, verb. (idiomatic) To struggle to think or remember something
BEAT ONE'S HEAD AGAINST A STONE WALL, verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) To waste effort on a futile project.
BEAT ONE'S MEAT, verb. (idiomatic) (vulgar) (of a male) To masturbate.
BEAT ONE'S MEAT, verb. (idiomatic) (vulgar) (by extension) To waste time; to engage in an unproductive activity.
BEAT OUT, verb. To sound a rhythm on a percussion instrument such as a drum.
BEAT OUT, verb. To extinguish
BEAT OUT, verb. (US) to win by a narrow margin.
BEAT PARRY, noun. (fencing) The deflection of the incoming attack with a sharp striking motion
BEAT SOMEONE TO THE PUNCH, verb. (idiomatic) To do something before somebody else is able to.
BEAT SOMEONE'S BRAINS OUT, verb. (idiomatic) To beat someone very severely.
BEAT THE BISHOP, verb. (idiomatic) (slang) To masturbate.
BEAT THE CLOCK, verb. (idiomatic) To perform a task or successfully complete an activity within a time limit.
BEAT THE CLOCK, verb. (idiomatic) To be used or become operational before a deadline or date of expiration.
BEAT THE CLOCK, verb. (idiomatic) To remain youthful; to live a long, healthy life.
BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF, verb. (idiomatic) To beat really badly.
BEAT THE DAYLIGHT OUT OF, verb. Alternative form of beat the daylights out of
BEAT THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) To beat (someone) severely
BEAT THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) To defeat (someone) thoroughly and decisively, especially in a physical fight.
BEAT THE DUST, verb. To take in too little ground with the forelegs, as a horse.
BEAT THE DUST, verb. To perform curvets too precipitately or too low.
BEAT THE HOOF, verb. (archaic) To walk; to go on foot.
BEAT THE MEAT, verb. (idiomatic) Alternative form of beat one's meat
BEAT THE PANTS OFF, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) To thoroughly and decisively defeat someone, either in a physical fight or, figuratively, in a competition.
BEAT THE RAP, verb. (slang) To escape legal conviction and punishment for a crime which one has been been charged with committing; to be acquitted.
BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF, verb. (idiomatic) To beat (someone) severely
BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF, verb. (idiomatic) To defeat (someone) decisively in a fight or a competition
BEAT THE STUFFING OUT OF, verb. (idiomatic) To beat really badly.
BEAT THE STUFFING OUT OF, verb. (idiomatic) To trounce, outdo, or triumph over.
BEAT THE SYSTEM, verb. To circumvent rules, regulations, or conventions, usually by finding loopholes.
BEAT THE WING, verb. To flutter; to move with fluttering agitation.
BEAT TIME, verb. (music) To measure or regulate time in music by the motion of the hand or foot.
BEAT TO A PULP, verb. (transitive) to beat up (a person) more than usually severely
BEAT TO A PULP, verb. (transitive) (colloquial) (loosely) to defeat severely in various, even non-contact, competitive sports
BEAT TO QUARTERS, verb. (intransitive) (nautical) To summon the crew of a sailing man-of-war to their stations for action against an enemy. In the Royal Navy the drums were beaten to the rhythm of Heart of Oak.
BEAT UP, verb. (transitive) To give a severe beating to.
BEAT UP, verb. To attack suddenly; to alarm.
BEAT UP, verb. To cause by some other means, injuries comparable to the result of being beaten up.
BEAT UP, verb. (reflexive) To feel badly guilty and accuse oneself over something. Usually followed by over or about.
BEAT UP, verb. (military) (WW2 air pilots' usage) Repeatedly bomb a military target or targets.
BEAT UP, verb. To get something done, derived from the idea of beating for game
BEAT UP, verb. (intransitive) (nautical) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
BEAT UP, verb. To go diligently about in order to get helpers or participants in an enterprise.
BEAT UP, adjective. (slang) Battered by time and usage; beaten up.
BEAT UP, noun. A person who, or thing that, has been beaten up.
BEAT UP, noun. An act of beating up:
BEAT UP, noun. (UK) (military slang) A raid.
BEAT UP, noun. A beating; a hazing.
BEAT UP, noun. (UK) (Australia) (New Zealand) An artificially or disingenuously manufactured alarm or outcry, especially one agitated by or through the media.
BEAT UP, noun. (forestry) A tree planted later than others in a plantation.
BEAT UPS, noun. Plural of beat up

Dictionary definition

BEAT, 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".
BEAT, noun. The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; "he could feel the beat of her heart".
BEAT, noun. The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat".
BEAT, 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.
BEAT, noun. A member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior.
BEAT, noun. The sound of stroke or blow; "he heard the beat of a drum".
BEAT, noun. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse.
BEAT, noun. A regular rate of repetition; "the cox raised the beat".
BEAT, noun. A stroke or blow; "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe".
BEAT, noun. The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing.
BEAT, 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".
BEAT, 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".
BEAT, verb. Hit repeatedly; "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe".
BEAT, verb. Move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast".
BEAT, verb. Shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares".
BEAT, verb. Make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night".
BEAT, verb. Glare or strike with great intensity; "The sun was beating down on us".
BEAT, verb. Move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky".
BEAT, verb. Sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind".
BEAT, verb. Stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream".
BEAT, 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".
BEAT, verb. Be superior; "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!".
BEAT, verb. Avoid paying; "beat the subway fare".
BEAT, verb. Make a sound like a clock or a timer; "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight".
BEAT, verb. Move with a flapping motion; "The bird's wings were flapping".
BEAT, verb. Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; "Beat the rhythm".
BEAT, verb. Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; "the city pulsated with music and excitement".
BEAT, verb. Make by pounding or trampling; "beat a path through the forest".
BEAT, verb. Produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; "beat the drum".
BEAT, verb. Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting.
BEAT, verb. Beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors".
BEAT, verb. Be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me".
BEAT, verb. Wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I'm beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam".
BEAT, 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".

Wise words

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery