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Idioms about beat

Origin of beat

before 900; Middle English beten,Old English bēatan; cognate with Old Norse bauta,Middle Low German bōten,Old High German bōzzan; akin to MIr búalaim I hit, Latin fūstis a stick <*bheud-

synonym study for beat

1. Beat, hit, pound, strike, thrash refer to the giving of a blow or blows. Beat implies the giving of repeated blows: to beat a rug. To hit is usually to give a single blow, definitely directed: to hit a ball. To pound is to give heavy and repeated blows, often with the fist: to pound a nail, the table. To strike is to give one or more forceful blows suddenly or swiftly: to strike a gong. To thrash implies inflicting repeated blows as punishment, to show superior strength, and the like: to thrash a child. 22. See pulsate.

OTHER WORDS FROM beat

beat·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·beat, verb, o·ver·beat, o·ver·beat·en or o·ver·beat, o·ver·beat·ing.un·der·beat, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH beat

beat , beet
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How to use beat in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for beat

beat
/ (biːt) /

verb beats, beating, beat, beaten or beat
noun
adjective
(postpositive) slang totally exhausted
See also beat down, beat up

Derived forms of beat

beatable, adjective

Word Origin for beat

Old English bēatan; related to Old Norse bauta, Old High German bōzan
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Medical definitions for beat

beat
[ bēt ]

v.
To strike repeatedly.
To pulsate; throb.
n.
A stroke, impulse, or pulsation, especially one that produces a sound as of the heart or pulse.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for beat

beat
[ bēt ]

A fluctuation or pulsation, usually repeated, in the amplitude of a signal. Beats are generally produced by the superposition of two waves of different frequencies; if the signals are audible, this results in fluctuations between louder and quieter sound.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with beat

beat

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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