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Definition of Beats
Noun: beats beets
- A United States youth subculture of the 1950s; rejected possessions or regular work or traditional dress; for communal living and psychedelic drugs and anarchism; favoured modern forms of jazz (e.g., bebop)
- beat generation, beatniks
- A regular route for a sentry or policeman
"in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name";
- The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
"he could feel the beat of her heart";
- pulse, pulsation, heartbeat
- The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
"the conductor set the beat";
- rhythm, musical rhythm
- 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
- A member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behaviour
- The sound of stroke or blow
"he heard the beat of a drum"
- (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
- meter [US], metre [Brit, Cdn], measure, cadence
- A regular rate of repetition
"the cox raised the beat"
- A stroke or blow
"the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
- The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
- Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
"Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition";
- beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
- 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 up, work over
- Hit repeatedly
"beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
- Move rhythmically
"Her heart was beating fast";
- pound, thump
- Shape by beating
"beat swords into ploughshares"
- Make a rhythmic sound
"Rain beat against the windscreen";
- drum, thrum
- Glare or strike with great intensity
"The sun was beating down on us"
- Move with a thrashing motion
"The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky";
- Sail with much tacking or with difficulty
"The boat beat in the strong wind"
- (cooking) stir vigorously
"beat the cream";
- 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"
- Be superior
"Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
- Avoid paying
"beat the subway fare";
- Make a sound like a clock or a timer
"the grandfather clock beat midnight";
- tick, ticktock, ticktack
- Move with a flapping motion
"The bird's wings were beating";
- Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
"Beat the rhythm"
- Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
"the city beat with music and excitement";
- pulsate, quiver
- Make by pounding or trampling
"beat a path through the forest"
- (music) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
"beat the drum"
- Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
- Beat through cleverness and wit
"I beat the traffic";
- outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, circumvent, outthink
- Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
"This beats me!";
- confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate, perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, dumbfound
- Wear out completely
- exhaust, wash up, tucker [N. Amer], tucker out [N. Amer]
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