What is beat?

  • (verb): Move with a thrashing motion.
    Example: "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
    Synonyms: flap
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on beat:

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 ... It is 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 ...
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, though rock musicians such as ... Three versions of D-beat drum tabs First Play (like early Anti Cimex and Discharge) C
... 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 ... importance, and probably involved the performer simply stamping the 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 the wind coming ...

More definitions of "beat":

  • (verb): Sail with much tacking or with difficulty.
    Example: "The boat beat in the strong wind"
  • (verb): Make by pounding or trampling.
    Example: "Beat a path through the forest"
  • (verb): Be superior.
    Example: "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
  • (noun): A stroke or blow.
    Example: "The signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
  • (verb): Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting.
  • (verb): Shape by beating.
    Example: "Beat swords into ploughshares"
  • (noun): The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing.
  • (verb): Make a rhythmic sound.
    Example: "The drums beat all night"
    Synonyms: drum, thrum
  • (noun): A member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior.
    Synonyms: beatnik
  • (noun): The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music.
    Example: "The conductor set the beat"
    Synonyms: rhythm, musical rhythm
  • (noun): A regular rate of repetition.
    Example: "The cox raised the beat"
  • (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"
  • (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): Hit repeatedly.
    Example: "Beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
  • (verb): Produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly.
    Example: "Beat the drum"
  • (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
  • (verb): Stir vigorously.
    Example: "Beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"
    Synonyms: scramble
  • (verb): Move with a flapping motion.
    Synonyms: flap
  • (verb): Make a sound like a clock or a timer.
    Example: "The grandfather clock beat midnight"
    Synonyms: tick, ticktock, ticktack
  • (verb): Move rhythmically.
    Synonyms: pound, thump
  • (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
  • (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.
  • (adj): Very tired.
    Example: "So beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"
    Synonyms: all in, bushed, dead
  • (verb): Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion.
    Synonyms: pulsate, quiver
  • (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
  • (noun): The sound of stroke or blow.
    Example: "He heard the beat of a drum"
  • (verb): Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks.
    Example: "Beat the rhythm"
  • (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

Famous quotes containing the word beat:

    They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
    Bible: Hebrew Isaiah 2:4.

    There’s no nation under the sun can beat the English for ill-politeness: for my part, I hate the very sight of them; and so I shall only just visit a person of quality or two of my particular acquaintance, and then I shall go back again to France.
    Frances Burney (1752–1840)

    I shall not want false witness to condemn me,
    Nor store of treasons to augment my guilt.
    The ancient proverb will be well effected:
    “A staff is quickly found to beat a dog.”
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)