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Some articles on beat:

Beat - Other
... Beat (name), a German male given name Beat (soda), a drink manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company in Mexico Beating, in sailing upwind close-hauled with ...
D-beat - Clothing and Visual Style - Drum Beat
... The name "D-beat" refers to a specific drumbeat, associated with The Varukers, Brian Roe (Brains), Discharge, Garry Malloney Tez Roberts, Discharge's first drummer ... Three versions of D-beat drum tabs First Play (like early Anti Cimex and Discharge) C
Down Beat
... Down Beat is an American magazine devoted to "jazz, blues and beyond" to indicate its expansion beyond the jazz realm which it covered exclusively in previous years ... named after the "downbeat" in music also called "beat one" or the first beat of a musical measure ... Down Beat publishes results of annual surveys of both its readers and critics in a variety of categories ...
... simply characterized as a Japanese form of song and dance with a strong irregular beat - emphasis is placed on the beat at the expense of the melody ... of minor importance, and probably involved the performer simply stamping the beat ...

More definitions of "beat":

  • (verb): Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting.
  • (noun): A member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior.
    Synonyms: beatnik
  • (noun): A stroke or blow.
    Example: "The signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
  • (verb): Shape by beating.
    Example: "Beat swords into ploughshares"
  • (noun): The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart.
    Example: "He could feel the beat of her heart"
    Synonyms: pulse, pulsation, heartbeat
  • (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.
  • (noun): The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing.
  • (verb): Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks.
    Example: "Beat the rhythm"
  • (verb): Produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly.
    Example: "Beat the drum"
  • (verb): Move with a thrashing motion.
    Example: "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
    Synonyms: flap
  • (verb): Glare or strike with great intensity.
    Example: "The sun was beating down on us"
  • (verb): Avoid paying.
    Example: "Beat the subway fare"
    Synonyms: bunk
  • (verb): Move with a flapping motion.
    Synonyms: flap
  • (verb): Strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music.
    Example: "Beat one's breast"; "beat one's foot rhythmically"
  • (noun): A regular rate of repetition.
    Example: "The cox raised the beat"
  • (verb): Stir vigorously.
    Example: "Beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"
    Synonyms: scramble
  • (verb): Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict.
    Example: "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"
    Synonyms: beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
  • (verb): Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion.
    Synonyms: pulsate, quiver
  • (verb): Make a sound like a clock or a timer.
    Example: "The grandfather clock beat midnight"
    Synonyms: tick, ticktock, ticktack
  • (verb): Give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression.
    Example: "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students"
    Synonyms: beat up, work over
  • (verb): Move rhythmically.
    Synonyms: pound, thump
  • (noun): The sound of stroke or blow.
    Example: "He heard the beat of a drum"
  • (noun): The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music.
    Example: "The conductor set the beat"
    Synonyms: rhythm, musical rhythm
  • (noun): A regular route for a sentry or policeman.
    Example: "In the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
    Synonyms: round
  • (adj): Very tired.
    Example: "So beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"
    Synonyms: all in, bushed, dead
  • (verb): Sail with much tacking or with difficulty.
    Example: "The boat beat in the strong wind"
  • (verb): Be superior.
    Example: "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
  • (verb): Make a rhythmic sound.
    Example: "The drums beat all night"
    Synonyms: drum, thrum
  • (verb): Hit repeatedly.
    Example: "Beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
  • (verb): Make by pounding or trampling.
    Example: "Beat a path through the forest"

Famous quotes containing the word beat:

    Whether he cringe at my feet,
    whether he beat on your eyes,
    white wings, white butterflies.
    Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961)

    They burned with fierce love always to come near,
    But honor beat them back and kept them clear.
    John Crowe Ransom (1888–1974)

    There was a sound of revelry by night,
    And Belgium’s capital had gathered then
    Her beauty and her chivalry, and bright
    The lamps shone o’er fair women and brave men;
    A thousand hearts beat happily; and when
    Music arose with its voluptuous swell,
    Soft eyes looked love to eyes which spake again,
    And all went merry as a marriage-bell;
    But hush! hark! a deep sound strikes like a rising knell!
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)