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1. beat  (noun) 
the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing

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2. beat  (noun) 
a stroke or blow; "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"

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3. beat  (noun) 
a regular rate of repetition; "the cox raised the beat"

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    pace     rate

4. beat  (noun) 
the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat"

  Also known as: rhythm, musical rhythm

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backbeat - a loud steady beat
downbeat - the first beat of a musical measure (as the conductor''s arm moves downward)
upbeat - an unaccented beat (especially the last beat of a measure)
syncopation - a musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat

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    musical time

5. beat  (noun) 
(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

  Also known as: meter, metre, measure, cadence

    prosody / metrics

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catalexis - the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a verse
scansion - analysis of verse into metrical patterns
common measure / common meter - the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad
metrical foot / foot / metrical unit - a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm

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    poetic rhythm     rhythmic pattern     prosody

6. beat  (noun) 
the sound of stroke or blow; "he heard the beat of a drum"

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7. beat  (noun) 
the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; "he could feel the beat of her heart"

  Also known as: pulse, pulsation, heartbeat

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diastole - the widening of the chambers of the heart between two contractions when the chambers fill with blood
systole - the contraction of the chambers of the heart (especially the ventricles) to drive blood into the aorta and pulmonary artery
throb / throbbing / pounding - an instance of rapid strong pulsation (of the heart)

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    periodic event     recurrent event

8. beat  (noun) 
a regular route for a sentry or policeman; "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"

  Also known as: round

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    path     route     itinerary

9. beat  (noun) 
a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior

  Also known as: beatnik

  Member Meronym:
    beat generation     beats     beatniks

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    nonconformist     recusant

10. beat  (noun) 
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

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    oscillation     vibration

11. beat  (verb) 
wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I''m beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam"

  Also known as: exhaust, wash up, tucker, tucker out

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frazzle - exhaust physically or emotionally
play - exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
kill - tire out completely

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    tire     wear upon     tire out     wear     weary     jade     wear out     outwear     wear down     fag out     fag     fatigue

12. beat  (verb) 
be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don''t know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"

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stump / mix up - cause to be perplexed or confounded
riddle - set a difficult problem or riddle
elude / escape - be incomprehensible to

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    confuse     throw     fox     befuddle     fuddle     bedevil     confound     discombobulate

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    puzzle over     solve     work out     figure out     puzzle out     lick     work

13. beat  (verb) 
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"

  Also known as: beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish


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outpoint / outscore - score more points than one''s opponents
walk over - beat easily
eliminate - remove from a contest or race
worst / pip / mop up / whip / rack up - defeat thoroughly
whomp - beat overwhelmingly
spread-eagle / spreadeagle / rout - defeat disastrously
get the jump - be there first
cheat / chouse / shaft / screw / chicane / jockey - defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit
surpass / outstrip / outmatch / outgo / exceed / outdo / surmount / outperform - be or do something to a greater degree
outdo / outflank / trump / best / scoop - get the better of
outfight - to fight better than
overpower / overmaster / overwhelm - overcome by superior force
checkmate / mate - place an opponent''s king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
immobilize / immobilise - make defenseless
outplay - excel or defeat in a game
bat / clobber / drub / thrash / lick - beat thoroughly in a competition or fight

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    get the better of     overcome     defeat

  Verb Group:
    outwit     overreach     outsmart     outfox     beat     circumvent

14. beat  (verb) 
beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors"

  Also known as: outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, circumvent

  More Generic:
    surpass     outstrip     outmatch     outgo     exceed     outdo     surmount     outperform

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    beat     beat out     crush     shell     trounce     vanquish

15. beat  (verb) 
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"

  Also known as: beat up, work over


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strong-arm - use physical force against
soak - beat severely
pistol-whip - beat with a pistol
belabour / belabor - beat soundly
rough up - treat violently
flog / welt / whip / lather / lash / slash / strap / trounce - beat severely with a whip or rod
cane / flog / lambaste / lambast - beat with a cane
knock cold / knock out / kayo - knock unconscious or senseless
thrash / thresh / lam / flail - give a thrashing to
clobber / baste / batter - strike violently and repeatedly
spank / paddle / larrup - give a spanking to

16. beat  (verb) 
hit repeatedly; "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"

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full - beat for the purpose of cleaning and thickening
beat - strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
beetle - beat with a beetle
bastinado - beat somebody on the soles of the feet
deck / coldcock / dump / knock down / floor - knock down with force
whang - beat with force
paste - hit with the fists
thrash / thresh - beat the seeds out of a grain
hammer - beat with or as if with a hammer

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17. beat  (verb) 
strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting

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18. beat  (verb) 
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"

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19. beat  (verb) 
stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"

  Also known as: scramble

    cooking / cookery / preparation

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whisk / whip - whip with or as if with a wire whisk
cream - make creamy by beating

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    agitate     vex     disturb     commove     shake up     stir up     raise up

20. beat  (verb) 
shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares"

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forge / hammer - create by hammering

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    shape     form     work     mold     mould     forge

21. beat  (verb) 
produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; "beat the drum"


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22. beat  (verb) 
make by pounding or trampling; "beat a path through the forest"

    tread     trample

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    make     create

23. beat  (verb) 
move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; "the city pulsated with music and excitement"

  Also known as: pulsate, quiver

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    pulsate     throb     pulse

24. beat  (verb) 
move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast"

  Also known as: pound, thump

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pulsate / throb / pulse - expand and contract rhythmically
palpitate / flutter - beat rapidly
thrash - beat so fast that (the heart''s) output starts dropping until (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all
flap - move noisily

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25. beat  (verb) 
indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; "Beat the rhythm"

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beat out / tap out / thump out - beat out a rhythm

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    drum     beat     thrum     beat     beat     pound     thump

26. beat  (verb) 
sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind"

    navigation / pilotage / piloting

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27. beat  (verb) 
move with a flapping motion; "The bird''s wings were flapping"

  Also known as: flap

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flail / thresh - move like a flail
clap - strike the air in flight

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    beat     flap

28. beat  (verb) 
move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"

  Also known as: flap

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bate - flap the wings wildly or frantically
clap - cause to strike the air in flight

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    move     displace

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    beat     flap

29. beat  (verb) 
glare or strike with great intensity; "The sun was beating down on us"

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30. beat  (verb) 
make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"

  Also known as: drum, thrum

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    sound     go

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31. beat  (verb) 
make a sound like a clock or a timer; "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight"

  Also known as: tick, ticktock, ticktack

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    sound     go

32. beat  (verb) 
avoid paying; "beat the subway fare"

  Also known as: bunk

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    cheat     rip off     chisel

33. beat  (verb) 
be superior; "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"

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