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beat (n):
the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
beat (n):
a stroke or blow
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the signal was two beats on the steam pipe
beat (n):
a regular rate of repetition
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the cox raised the beat
beat (n):
the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
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the piece has a fast rhythm.
the conductor set the beat
beat (n):
(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
Related Words: metermetre
beat (n):
the sound of stroke or blow
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he heard the beat of a drum
beat (n):
the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
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he could feel the beat of her heart
Related Words: pulsationpulse
beat (n):
a regular route for a sentry or policeman
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in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name
beat (n):
a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
beat (n):
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
beat (v):
wear out completely
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This kind of work exhausts me.
I'm beat.
He was all washed up after the exam

Related Word: exhaust
beat (v):
be a mystery or bewildering to
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This beats me!
Got me--I don't know the answer!
a vexing problem.
This question really stuck me

Related Words: bafflebewildermystifyposepuzzlestupefy
beat (v):
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
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Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship.
We beat the competition.
Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game

Related Words: trouncevanquish
beat (v):
beat through cleverness and wit
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I beat the traffic.
She outfoxed her competitors
beat (v):
give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
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Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night.
The teacher used to beat the students
beat (v):
hit repeatedly
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beat on the door.
beat the table with his shoe
beat (v):
strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
beat (v):
strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music
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beat one's breast.
beat one's foot rhythmically
beat (v):
stir vigorously
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beat the egg whites.
beat the cream
beat (v):
shape by beating
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beat swords into ploughshares
beat (v):
produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
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beat the drum
beat (v):
make by pounding or trampling
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beat a path through the forest
beat (v):
move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
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the city pulsated with music and excitement
beat (v):
move rhythmically
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Her heart was beating fast
Related Words: pound
beat (v):
indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
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Beat the rhythm
beat (v):
sail with much tacking or with difficulty
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The boat beat in the strong wind
beat (v):
move with a flapping motion
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The bird's wings were flapping
Related Word: flap
beat (v):
move with a thrashing motion
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The bird flapped its wings.
The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky

Related Words: flap
beat (v):
glare or strike with great intensity
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The sun was beating down on us
beat (v):
make a rhythmic sound
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Rain drummed against the windshield.
The drums beat all night

Related Words: drum
beat (v):
make a sound like a clock or a timer
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the clocks were ticking.
the grandfather clock beat midnight

Related Words: tickticktock
beat (v):
avoid paying
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beat the subway fare
beat (v):
be superior
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Reading beats watching television.
This sure beats work!
beat (s):
very tired
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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
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