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Definition 1: the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing - [noun denoting act]

(beat is a kind of ...) riding in a sailboat

Definition 2: a stroke or blow - [noun denoting act]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the signal was two beats on the steam pipe

(beat is a kind of ...) a single complete movement

Definition 3: a regular rate of repetition - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the cox raised the beat

(beat is a kind of ...) the relative speed of progress or change

"he lived at a fast pace" "he works at a great rate" "the pace of events accelerated"

Definition 4: the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the piece has a fast rhythm
  • the conductor set the beat

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) (music) the beat of musical rhythm

(... is a kind of beat ) a loud steady beat

(... is a kind of beat ) the first beat of a musical measure (as the conductor's arm moves downward)

(... is a kind of beat ) an unaccented beat (especially the last beat of a measure)

(... is a kind of beat ) a musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat

Definition 5: (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) (prosody) a system of versification

(... is a kind of beat ) the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse

(... is a kind of beat ) analysis of verse into metrical patterns

(... is a kind of beat ) the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad

(... is a kind of beat ) (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm

(beat belongs to category ...) the study of poetic meter and the art of versification

Definition 6: the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart - [noun denoting event]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he could feel the beat of her heart

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) an event that recurs at intervals

(... is a kind of beat ) the widening of the chambers of the heart between two contractions when the chambers fill with blood

(... is a kind of beat ) the contraction of the chambers of the heart (especially the ventricles) to drive blood into the aorta and pulmonary artery

(... is a kind of beat ) an instance of rapid strong pulsation (of the heart)

"he felt a throbbing in his head"

Definition 7: the sound of stroke or blow - [noun denoting event]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he heard the beat of a drum

(beat is a kind of ...) the sudden occurrence of an audible event

"the sound awakened them"

Definition 8: a regular route for a sentry or policeman - [noun denoting location]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) an established line of travel or access

Definition 9: a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct

(... is a member of beat) a United States youth subculture of the 1950s; rejected possessions or regular work or traditional dress; for communal living and psychedelic drugs and anarchism; favored modern forms of jazz (e.g., bebop)

Definition 10: 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 denoting phenomenon]

(beat is a kind of ...) (physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean

Definition 11: wear out completely - [verb of body]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This kind of work exhausts me
  • I'm beat
  • He was all washed up after the exam

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress

"We wore ourselves out on this hike"

(... is a kind of beat ) exhaust physically or emotionally

"She was frazzled after the visit of her in-laws"

(... is a kind of beat ) exhaust by allowing to pull on the line

"play a hooked fish"

(... is a kind of beat ) tire out completely

"The daily stress of her work is killing her"

Definition 12: be a mystery or bewildering to - [verb of cognition]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This beats me!
  • Got me--I don't know the answer!
  • a vexing problem
  • This question really stuck me

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

"These questions confuse even the experts" "This question completely threw me" "This question befuddled even the teacher"

(... is a kind of beat ) cause to be perplexed or confounded

"This problem stumped her"

(... is a kind of beat ) set a difficult problem or riddle

"riddle me a riddle"

(... is a kind of beat ) be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by

"What you are seeing in him eludes me"

Definition 13: come out better in a competition, race, or conflict - [verb of competition]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
  • We beat the competition
  • Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) win a victory over

"You must overcome all difficulties" "defeat your enemies" "He overcame his shyness" "He overcame his infirmity" "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"

(... is a kind of beat ) beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

"We licked the other team on Sunday!"

(... is a kind of beat ) place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game

"Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"

(... is a kind of beat ) overcome by superior force

(... is a kind of beat ) to fight better than; get the better of

"the Rangers outfought the Maple Leafs" "The French forces outfought the Germans"

(... is a kind of beat ) get the better of

"the goal was to best the competition"

(... is a kind of beat ) get on top of; deal with successfully

"He overcame his shyness"

(... is a kind of beat ) be or do something to a greater degree

"her performance surpasses that of any other student I know" "She outdoes all other athletes" "This exceeds all my expectations" "This car outperforms all others in its class"

(... is a kind of beat ) excel or defeat in a game

"The Knicks outplayed the Lakers"

(... is a kind of beat ) defeat someone through trickery or deceit

(... is a kind of beat ) be there first

"They had gotten the jump on their competitors"

(... is a kind of beat ) defeat disastrously

(... is a kind of beat ) overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome

"Heart disease can get the best of us"

(... is a kind of beat ) beat overwhelmingly

(... is a kind of beat ) defeat thoroughly

"He mopped up the floor with his opponents"

(... is a kind of beat ) remove from a contest or race

"The cyclist has eliminated all the competitors in the race"

(... is a kind of beat ) beat easily

"The local team walked over their old rivals for the championship"

(... is a kind of beat ) score more points than one's opponents

(... is a kind of beat ) make defenseless

(beat implies ...) be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious

"He won the Gold Medal in skating" "Our home team won" "Win the game"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) beat through cleverness and wit

"I beat the traffic" "She outfoxed her competitors"

Definition 14: beat through cleverness and wit - [verb of competition]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I beat the traffic
  • She outfoxed her competitors

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) be or do something to a greater degree

"her performance surpasses that of any other student I know" "She outdoes all other athletes" "This exceeds all my expectations" "This car outperforms all others in its class"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

"Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship" "We beat the competition" "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

Definition 15: hit repeatedly - [verb of contact]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • beat on the door
  • beat the table with his shoe

(beat is a kind of ...) deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

"The teacher struck the child" "the opponent refused to strike" "The boxer struck the attacker dead"

(... is a kind of beat ) beat the seeds out of a grain

(... is a kind of beat ) hit with the fists

"He pasted his opponent"

(... is a kind of beat ) beat with force

(... is a kind of beat ) knock down with force

"He decked his opponent"

(... is a kind of beat ) beat for the purpose of cleaning and thickening

"full the cloth"

(... is a kind of beat ) beat somebody on the soles of the feet

(... is a kind of beat ) beat with a beetle

(... is a kind of beat ) strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting

(... is a kind of beat ) beat with or as if with a hammer

"hammer the metal flat"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 16: give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression - [verb of contact]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night
  • The teacher used to beat the students

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of beat ) use physical force against

"They strong-armed me when I left the restaurant"

(... is a kind of beat ) strike violently and repeatedly

"She clobbered the man who tried to attack her"

(... is a kind of beat ) give a thrashing to; beat hard

(... is a kind of beat ) knock unconscious or senseless

"the boxing champion knocked out his opponent in a few seconds"

(... is a kind of beat ) beat with a cane

(... is a kind of beat ) beat severely with a whip or rod

"The teacher often flogged the students" "The children were severely trounced"

(... is a kind of beat ) treat violently

"The police strong-armed the suspect"

(... is a kind of beat ) beat soundly

(... is a kind of beat ) beat with a pistol

(... is a kind of beat ) beat severely

(... is a kind of beat ) give a spanking to; subject to a spanking

(beat implies ...) deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

"He hit her hard in the face"

Definition 17: stir vigorously - [verb of contact]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • beat the egg whites
  • beat the cream

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) change the arrangement or position of

(... is a kind of beat ) whip with or as if with a wire whisk

"whisk the eggs"

(... is a kind of beat ) make creamy by beating

"Cream the butter"

(beat belongs to category ...) the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

"cooking can be a great art" "people are needed who have experience in cookery" "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

Definition 18: strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music - [verb of contact]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • beat one's breast
  • beat one's foot rhythmically

(beat is a kind of ...) deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

"The teacher struck the child" "the opponent refused to strike" "The boxer struck the attacker dead"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) hit repeatedly

"beat on the door" "beat the table with his shoe"

Definition 19: strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting - [verb of contact]

(beat is a kind of ...) hit repeatedly

"beat on the door" "beat the table with his shoe"

Definition 20: shape by beating - [verb of creation]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • beat swords into ploughshares

(beat is a kind of ...) make something, usually for a specific function

"She molded the rice balls carefully" "Form cylinders from the dough" "shape a figure" "Work the metal into a sword"

(... is a kind of beat ) create by hammering

"hammer the silver into a bowl" "forge a pair of tongues"

Definition 21: make by pounding or trampling - [verb of creation]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • beat a path through the forest

(beat is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(beat implies ...) tread or stomp heavily or roughly

"The soldiers trampled across the fields"

Definition 22: produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly - [verb of creation]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • beat the drum

(beat is a kind of ...) perform music on (a musical instrument)

"He plays the flute" "Can you play on this old recorder?"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks

"Beat the rhythm"

(beat belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 23: move rhythmically - [verb of motion]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her heart was beating fast

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of beat ) expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically

"The baby's heart was pulsating again after the surgeon massaged it"

(... is a kind of beat ) beat rapidly

"His heart palpitated"

(... is a kind of beat ) beat so fast that (the heart's) output starts dropping until (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all

(... is a kind of beat ) move noisily

"flags flapped in the strong wind"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks

"Beat the rhythm"

Definition 24: sail with much tacking or with difficulty - [verb of motion]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The boat beat in the strong wind

(beat is a kind of ...) travel on water propelled by wind

"I love sailing, especially on the open sea" "the ship sails on"

(beat belongs to category ...) the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place

Definition 25: move with a flapping motion - [verb of motion]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The bird's wings were flapping

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of beat ) move like a flail; thresh about

"Her arms were flailing"

(... is a kind of beat ) strike the air in flight

"the wings of the birds clapped loudly"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) move with a thrashing motion

"The bird flapped its wings" "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"

Definition 26: indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks - [verb of motion]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Beat the rhythm

(... is a kind of beat ) beat out a rhythm

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly

"beat the drum"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) move rhythmically

"Her heart was beating fast"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) make a rhythmic sound

"Rain drummed against the windshield" "The drums beat all night"

Definition 27: move with a thrashing motion - [verb of motion]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The bird flapped its wings
  • The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of beat ) flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements

"The seagulls fluttered overhead"

(... is a kind of beat ) flap the wings wildly or frantically; used of falcons

(... is a kind of beat ) cause to strike the air in flight

"The big bird clapped its wings"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) move with a flapping motion

"The bird's wings were flapping"

Definition 28: move with or as if with a regular alternating motion - [verb of motion]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the city pulsated with music and excitement

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically

"The baby's heart was pulsating again after the surgeon massaged it"

Definition 29: make a rhythmic sound - [verb of perception]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Rain drummed against the windshield
  • The drums beat all night

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) make a certain noise or sound

"She went `Mmmmm'" "The gun went `bang'"

(beat has a similar meaning as ...) indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks

"Beat the rhythm"

Definition 30: make a sound like a clock or a timer - [verb of perception]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the clocks were ticking
  • the grandfather clock beat midnight

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) make a certain noise or sound

"She went `Mmmmm'" "The gun went `bang'"

Definition 31: glare or strike with great intensity - [verb of perception]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The sun was beating down on us

(beat is a kind of ...) shine intensely

"The sun glared down on us"

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • beat the subway fare

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is a kind of ...) deprive somebody of something by deceit

"The con-man beat me out of $50" "This salesman ripped us off!" "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme" "They chiseled me out of my money"

Definition 33: be superior - [verb of stative]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Reading beats watching television
  • This sure beats work!

(beat is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

Definition 34: very tired - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where beat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • was all in at the end of the day
  • so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere
  • bushed after all that exercise
  • I'm dead after that long trip

Synonyms for beat in the sense of this definition

(beat is similar to ...) depleted of strength or energy

"tired mothers with crying babies" "too tired to eat"

(beat is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

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