verb (beats, beating, beat, beaten)
- A pulsation or throb.
- A pulse on the beat level, the metric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Thus a beat is the basic time unit of a piece.
- A rhythm.
- A pause with the camera focused on one shot, often a characters face (often used in screenplays/teleplays).
- The route of a patrol by a guard or officer as in walk the beat.
- In newspapering, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business, etc.).
- A small part of a dramatic play.
- To hit; to knock; to pound; to strike.
- As soon as she heard the news, she went into a rage and the wall with her fists until her knuckles bled.
- To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm.
- He danced hypnotically while she the atabaque.
- To win against; to defeat; to do better than, outdo, or excel someone in a particular, competitive event.
- Jessica had little trouble beating John in tennis. He lost five games in a row.
- No matter how quickly Joe finished his test, Roger always him.
- (context, intransitive, nautical) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
- To mix food in a rapid fashion. cf. whip.
- Beat the eggs and whip the cream.
- (gay slang) fabulous
Etymology: beatan. Confer Old High German bozan, Old Norse bauta.
- Her makeup was beat!
- After the long day, she was feeling completely .
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