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Etymology

Old English beatan. Confer Old High German bozan, Old Norse bauta.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
beat

Plural
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  1. A pulsation or throb.
  2. 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.
  3. A rhythm.
  4. The interference between two tones of almost equal frequency
  5. A pause with the camera focused on one shot, often a characters face (often used in screenplays/teleplays).
  6. (law enforcement) The route of a patrol by a guard or officer as in walk the beat.
  7. In newspapering, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business, etc.).
  8. A small part of a dramatic play.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to beat

Third person singular
beats

Simple past
beat

Past participle
beaten

Present participle
beating

to beat (third-person singular simple present beats, present participle beating, simple past beat, past participle beaten)
  1. To hit; to knock; to pound; to strike.
    As soon as she heard the news, she went into a rage and beat the wall with her fists until her knuckles bled.
  2. To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm.
    He danced hypnotically while she beat the atabaque.
  3. 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 beat him.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
  5. To mix food in a rapid fashion. Compare whip.
    Beat the eggs and whip the cream.

Translations

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Adjective

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Positive
beat

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (gay slang) fabulous
    Her makeup was beat!
  2. exhausted
    After the long day, she was feeling completely beat.

Synonyms

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Dutch

Etymology

English

Noun

beat (plural beats, diminutive beatje)

  1. beat, rhythmic pulsation, notably in music

Romanian

Etymology

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Pronunciation

Adjective

beat 4 nom/acc forms

  1. drunk, intoxicated; tipsy

Declension


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Volapük

Noun

beat

  1. happiness

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