- beat [bēt]vt.beat, beaten, beating [ME beten < OE beatan < IE * bhaut- < base * bhau-, * bhū-, to strike, beat > BEETLE2, BUTT1 & BUTT2, L fustis, a club]1. to hit or strike repeatedly; pound2. to punish by striking repeatedly and hard; whip, flog, spank, etc.3. to dash repeatedly against [waves beat the shore]4.a) to form by repeated treading or riding [to beat a path through grass]b) to keep walking on [to beat the pavements]5. to shape or flatten by hammering; forge6. to mix by stirring or striking repeatedly with a utensil; whip (an egg, cream, etc.)7. to move (esp. wings) up and down; flap; flail8. to hunt through; search [the posse beat the countryside for the fugitive]9. to make, force, or drive by or as by hitting, flailing, or pounding [to beat one's way through a crowd, to beat chalk dust from erasers]10.a) to defeat in a race, contest, or struggle; overcomeb) to outdo or surpassc) to act, arrive, or finish before11. to mark (time or rhythm) by tapping, etc.12. to sound or signal, as by a drumbeat13. Informal to baffle or puzzle☆ 14. Informal to cheat or trick☆ 15. Slang to avoid the penalties associated with (a charge, indictment, etc.); escape (a rap)vi.1. to strike, hit, or dash repeatedly and, usually, hard2. to move or sound rhythmically; throb, pulsate, vibrate, tick, etc.3. to strike about in or hunt through underbrush, woods, etc. for game4. to take beating or stirring [this cream doesn't beat well]5.a) to make a sound by being struck, as a drumb) to beat a drum, as to sound a signal6. Informal to win7. Naut. to progress by tacking into the wind8. Radio to combine two waves of different frequencies, thus producing an additional frequency equal to the difference between thesen.1. a beating, as of the heart2. any of a series of blows or strokes3. any of a series of movements or sounds; throb4.a) a habitual path or round of duty [a policeman's beat]b) the subject or area assigned regularly to a news writer5.a) the unit of musical rhythm [four beats to a measure]b) the accent or stress in the rhythm of verse or musicc) the gesture of the hand, baton, etc. used to mark this6. Ballet a movement in which one leg is brought in contact with the other or both legs are brought together in the air☆ 7. Informal a person or thing that surpasses [you never saw the beat of it ]8.☆ a) BEATNIKb) [often B-] any of a group of U.S. writers in the 1950s and 1960s whose work grew out of and expressed beat attitudes9. Acoustics the regularly recurring fluctuation in loudness of sound produced by two simultaneous tones of nearly equal frequency☆ 10. Journalism a reporting of a news item ahead of all rivals; scoop11. Naut. a tack into the wind12. Radio one cycle of a frequency formed by beatingadj.1. Informal tired out; exhausted, physically or emotionally☆ 2. of or belonging to a group of young persons, esp. of the 1950s, rebelling against conventional attitudes, dress, speech, etc., largely as an expression of social disillusionment——————beat aboutto hunt or look through or around——————beat backto force to retreat; drive back——————beat down1. to shine steadily with dazzling light and intense heat, as the sun2. to put down; suppress3. Informal to force to a lower price——————☆ beat it!Slang go away!——————beat off1. to drive back; repel☆ 2. Slang to masturbate: said of a male——————beat one's meat[Vulgar Slang] to masturbate: said of a male——————☆ beat outBaseball to reach first base safely on (a bunt or grounder), as before an infielder's throw——————☆ beat up on or beat upSlang to give a beating to; thrash——————on the beatin tempoto beat the band ( or hell, the devil, etc.)——————to beat the band or to beat hell or to beat the devil or to beat the hellSlang with great energy and vigor; fast and furiouslySYN.- BEAT, the most general word in this comparison, conveys the basic idea of hitting or striking repeatedly, whether with the hands, the feet, an implement, etc.; POUND2 suggests heavier, more effective blows than BEAT [to pound with a hammer ]; PUMMEL implies the beating of a person with the fists and suggests a continuous, indiscriminate rain of damaging blows; THRASH, originally referring to the beating of grain with a flail, suggests similar broad, swinging strokes, as in striking a person repeatedly with a stick, etc.; FLOG implies a punishing by the infliction of repeated blows with a stick, strap, whip, etc.; WHIP, often used as an equivalent of FLOG, specifically suggests lashing strokes or motions; MAUL implies the infliction of repeated heavy blows so as to bruise or lacerate. Most of these terms are used loosely, esp. by journalists, in describing a decisive victory in a contest
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.