"beats" in the noun sense
1. beat, round
a regular route for a sentry or policeman
"in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
2. pulse, pulsation, heartbeat, beat
the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
"he could feel the beat of her heart"
3. rhythm, beat, musical rhythm
the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
"the piece has a fast rhythm"
"the conductor set the beat"
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
5. beatnik, beat
a member of the beat generation a nonconformist in dress and behavior
the sound of stroke or blow
"he heard the beat of a drum"
7. meter, metre, measure, beat, cadence
prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
a regular rate of repetition
"the cox raised the beat"
a stroke or blow
"the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
the act of beating to windward sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
"beats" in the verb sense
1. beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
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"
2. beat, beat up, work over
give a beating to subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
"Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"
"The teacher used to beat the students"
"beat on the door"
"beat the table with his shoe"
4. beat, pound, thump
"Her heart was beating fast"
shape by beating
"beat swords into ploughshares"
6. drum, beat, thrum
make a rhythmic sound
"Rain drummed against the windshield"
"The drums beat all night"
glare or strike with great intensity
"The sun was beating down on us"
8. beat, flap
move with a thrashing motion
"The bird flapped its wings"
"The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
sail with much tacking or with difficulty
"The boat beat in the strong wind"
10. beat, scramble
"beat the egg whites"
"beat the cream"
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"
"Reading beats watching television"
"This sure beats work!"
13. beat, bunk
"beat the subway fare"
14. tick, ticktock, ticktack, beat
make a sound like a clock or a timer
"the clocks were ticking"
"the grandfather clock beat midnight"
15. beat, flap
move with a flapping motion
"The bird's wings were flapping"
indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
"Beat the rhythm"
17. pulsate, beat, quiver
move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
"the city pulsated with music and excitement"
make by pounding or trampling
"beat a path through the forest"
produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
"beat the drum"
strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
21. outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, beat, circumvent
beat through cleverness and wit
"I beat the traffic"
"She outfoxed her competitors"
22. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound
be a mystery or bewildering to
"This beats me!"
23. exhaust, wash up, beat, tucker, tucker out
wear out completely
"This kind of work exhausts me"
"He was all washed up after the exam"
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