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Beat may refer to:

  • Battery (crime), contact on another person in a manner likely to cause bodily harm
  • Assault; "beating up" is a type of assault
  • Beat (music), the basic time unit of a piece of music

Literature, theatre, film and music

  • Beat (filmmaking), a 'bit' is also known (particularly in the US) as a beat, referring to the smallest unit of dramatic action in a play
  • Beat (2000 film), a film about writer William Seward Burroughs, directed by Gary Walkow with Courtney Love and Kiefer Sutherland
  • Beat (1998 film), 1998 Japanese film
  • Directorial beat, an exchange of behavior between characters in a screenplay, usually taking the form of action-reaction
  • Meter (poetry), the linguistic sound patterns of verse
  • Beat Generation, writers of beat poetry and other beat literature
  • Beat music, a pop music genre that developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1960s.
  • Beat (King Crimson album), a 1982 album by experimental band King Crimson
  • The Beat (band), ska band, known as The English Beat in the US
  • Beat (band), Finnish band
  • "Beat" (song), 2005 single from Kaela Kimura

Science

  • Beat (acoustics), the oscillation between zero intensity and full intensity that occurs when two frequencies (which are not harmonically related) are added together, caused by alternating constructive and destructive interference of the pressure waves

Areas of territory

A "beaten path" is a path made by the repeated treadings of feet. Thus:

  • Beat, the territory and time that a police officer patrols
  • Beat reporting, a subject of coverage by a journalist, e.g., "Her beat is politics."
  • Gay beat, an area frequented by gay men for the purpose of casual sex
  • Forest beat, a divisional subunit used for administering forests in India, see Forest range

Hunting

  • A "beat", in Scotland, is related to the above meaning of "beaten path" and refers to a route taken by deer stalkers (as deep hunters are called in that region)
  • "Beating for game" in hunting means to systematically attack vegetation to drive out of cover whatever animals or birds that the hunters are hunting

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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

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

Noun

Singular
beat

Plural
beats

beat (plural beats)

  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. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) A small part of a dramatic play.
  9. The instrumental portion of a piece of hip-hop music.
Derived terms
Translations
See also
  • (piece of hip-hop music): track

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.
    Jan 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. (intransitive, nautical) 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.
  6. (impersonal): It beats X Y = X cannot understand Y, where Y is an indirect question.
    (said by Fred Dibnah): It beats me how she [= the Queen] keeps tabs on everybody
Derived terms
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Adjective

beat (comparative more beat, superlative most beat)

Positive
beat

Comparative
more beat

Superlative
most beat

  1. (gay slang) fabulous
    Her makeup was beat!
  2. exhausted
    After the long day, she was feeling completely beat.
Synonyms
  • WikiSaurus.png Wikisaurus has an entry for “tired” in the sense of “exhausted”.
Translations

Etymology 2

From beatnik

Noun

Singular
beat

Plural
beats

beat (plural beats)

  1. A beatnik.
Derived terms
  • beat generation

References

  • DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130493465.

Anagrams


Dutch

Etymology

From English

Noun

beat (plural beats, diminutive beatje, diminutive plural beatjes)

  1. A beat, rhythmic pulsation, notably in music

Finnish

Noun

beat

  1. A beat (in music)

Declension


Italian

Etymology

English

Adjective

beat inv.

  1. beat (50s US literary and 70s UK music scenes)

Noun

beat m. inv.

  1. beat (rhythm accompanying music)

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of abet
  • beta

Romanian

Etymology

From Latin bibitus 'drunk'

Pronunciation

Adjective

beat 4 nom/acc forms

  1. drunk, intoxicated; tipsy

Declension

Antonyms

  • treaz

Volapük

Noun

beat

  1. happiness







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