1. A regular rate of repetition.
2. A regular route for a sentry or policeman; SYN. circuit, round.
3. 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.
4. A stroke or blow.
5. The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing.
6. The sound of stroke or blow.
In music, a pulsation giving the tempo, for example a conductor’s beat, or a unit of tempo, as in four beats to the bar. “Beat music” is a general term for popular music having a strong and unvarying beat.
(Irregular preterit, past participle: beat, beaten).
1. To be superior.
2. To come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; SYN. beat out, crush, trounce, vanquish.
3. To give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; SYN. beat up.
4. To glare or strike with great intensity.
5. To hit repeatedly.
6. To indicate by beating; as with the fingers or drumsticks.
7. To make by pounding or trampling.
8. To move rhythmically; SYN. pound, thump.
9. To move with a flapping motion; SYN. flap.
10. To move with a thrashing motion; SYN. flap.
11. To produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly.
12. To sail with much tacking or with difficulty.
13. To shape by beating.
14. To stir vigorously; SYN. scramble.
15. To strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music.