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Definition of Beats

Noun: beats  beets

  1. 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
Noun: beat  beet
  1. A regular route for a sentry or policeman
    "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name";
    - round
  2. 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
  3. The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
    "the conductor set the beat";
    - rhythm, musical rhythm
  4. 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. A member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behaviour
    - beatnik
  6. The sound of stroke or blow
    "he heard the beat of a drum"
  7. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
    - meter [US], metre [Brit, Cdn], measure, cadence
  8. A regular rate of repetition
    "the cox raised the beat"
  9. A stroke or blow
    "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
  10. The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
Verb: beat (beat,beaten)  beet
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Hit repeatedly
    "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
  4. Move rhythmically
    "Her heart was beating fast";
    - pound, thump
  5. Shape by beating
    "beat swords into ploughshares"
  6. Make a rhythmic sound
    "Rain beat against the windscreen";
    - drum, thrum
  7. Glare or strike with great intensity
    "The sun was beating down on us"
  8. Move with a thrashing motion
    "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky";
    - flap
  9. Sail with much tacking or with difficulty
    "The boat beat in the strong wind"
  10. (cooking) stir vigorously
    "beat the cream";
    - scramble
  11. 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"
  12. Be superior
    "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
  13. Avoid paying
    "beat the subway fare";
    - bunk
  14. Make a sound like a clock or a timer
    "the grandfather clock beat midnight";
    - tick, ticktock, ticktack
  15. Move with a flapping motion
    "The bird's wings were beating";
    - flap
  16. Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
    "Beat the rhythm"
  17. Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
    "the city beat with music and excitement";
    - pulsate, quiver
  18. Make by pounding or trampling
    "beat a path through the forest"
  19. (music) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
    "beat the drum"
  20. Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
  21. Beat through cleverness and wit
    "I beat the traffic";
    - outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, circumvent, outthink
  22. 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
  23. Wear out completely
    "I'm beat";
    - exhaust, wash up, tucker [N. Amer], tucker out [N. Amer]

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