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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beat  \Beat\,  n. 
  1.  One  that  beats,  or  surpasses,  another  or  others  as  the 
  beat  of  him  [Colloq.] 
 
  2.  The  act  of  one  that  beats  a  person  or  thing  as: 
  a  (Newspaper  Cant)  The  act  of  obtaining  and  publishing  a 
  piece  of  news  by  a  newspaper  before  its  competitors; 
  also  the  news  itself  a  scoop. 
 
  It's  a  beat  on  the  whole  country.  --Scribner's 
  Mag. 
  b  (Hunting)  The  act  of  scouring,  or  ranging  over  a 
  tract  of  land  to  rouse  or  drive  out  game;  also  those 
  so  engaged,  collectively.  ``Driven  out  in  the  course 
  of  a  beat.''  --Encyc.  of  Sport. 
 
  Bears  coming  out  of  holes  in  the  rocks  at  the 
  last  moment,  when  the  beat  is  close  to  them 
  --Encyc.  of 
  Sport. 
  c  (Fencing)  A  smart  tap  on  the  adversary's  blade. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Undulation  \Un`du*la"tion\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  ondulation.] 
  1.  The  act  of  undulating;  a  waving  motion  or  vibration;  as 
  the  undulations  of  a  fluid,  of  water,  or  of  air;  the 
  undulations  of  sound. 
 
  2.  A  wavy  appearance  or  outline;  waviness.  --Evelyn. 
 
  3.  (Mus.) 
  a  The  tremulous  tone  produced  by  a  peculiar  pressure  of 
  the  finger  on  a  string,  as  of  a  violin. 
  b  The  pulsation  caused  by  the  vibrating  together  of  two 
  tones  not  quite  in  unison;  --  called  also  {beat}. 
 
  4.  (Physics)  A  motion  to  and  fro,  up  and  down  or  from  side 
  to  side  in  any  fluid  or  elastic  medium,  propagated 
  continuously  among  its  particles,  but  with  no  translation 
  of  the  particles  themselves  in  the  direction  of  the 
  propagation  of  the  wave;  a  wave  motion;  a  vibration. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beat  \Beat\,  v.  t.  [imp.  {Beat};  p.  p.  {Beat},  {Beaten};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Beating}.]  [OE.  beaten,  beten,  AS  be['a]tan;  akin 
  to  Icel.  bauta,  OHG.  b?zan.  Cf  1st  {Butt},  {Button}.] 
  1.  To  strike  repeatedly;  to  lay  repeated  blows  upon  as  to 
  beat  one's  breast;  to  beat  iron  so  as  to  shape  it  to  beat 
  grain,  in  order  to  force  out  the  seeds;  to  beat  eggs  and 
  sugar;  to  beat  a  drum. 
 
  Thou  shalt  beat  some  of  it  [spices]  very  small 
  --Ex.  xxx.  36. 
 
  They  did  beat  the  gold  into  thin  plates.  --Ex. 
  xxxix  3. 
 
  2.  To  punish  by  blows;  to  thrash. 
 
  3.  To  scour  or  range  over  in  hunting,  accompanied  with  the 
  noise  made  by  striking  bushes,  etc.,  for  the  purpose  of 
  rousing  game. 
 
  To  beat  the  woods,  and  rouse  the  bounding  prey. 
  --Prior. 
 
  4.  To  dash  against,  or  strike,  as  with  water  or  wind. 
 
  A  frozen  continent  .  .  .  beat  with  perpetual  storms. 
  --Milton. 
 
  5.  To  tread,  as  a  path. 
 
  Pass  awful  gulfs,  and  beat  my  painful  way 
  --Blackmore. 
 
  6.  To  overcome  in  a  battle,  contest,  strife,  race,  game, 
  etc.;  to  vanquish  or  conquer;  to  surpass. 
 
  He  beat  them  in  a  bloody  battle.  --Prescott. 
 
  For  loveliness,  it  would  be  hard  to  beat  that  --M. 
  Arnold. 
 
  7.  To  cheat;  to  chouse;  to  swindle;  to  defraud;  --  often  with 
  out  [Colloq.] 
 
  8.  To  exercise  severely;  to  perplex;  to  trouble. 
 
  Why  should  any  one  .  .  .  beat  his  head  about  the 
  Latin  grammar  who  does  not  intend  to  be  a  critic? 
  --Locke. 
 
  9.  (Mil.)  To  give  the  signal  for  by  beat  of  drum;  to  sound 
  by  beat  of  drum;  as  to  beat  an  alarm,  a  charge,  a  parley, 
  a  retreat;  to  beat  the  general,  the  reveille,  the  tattoo. 
  See  {Alarm},  {Charge},  {Parley},  etc 
 
  {To  beat  down},  to  haggle  with  (any  one)  to  secure  a  lower 
  price;  to  force  down  [Colloq.] 
 
  {To  beat  into},  to  teach  or  instill,  by  repetition. 
 
  {To  beat  off},  to  repel  or  drive  back 
 
  {To  beat  out},  to  extend  by  hammering. 
 
  {To  beat  out  of}  a  thing  to  cause  to  relinquish  it  or  give 
  it  up  ``Nor  can  anything  beat  their  posterity  out  of  it 
  to  this  day.''  --South. 
 
  {To  beat  the  dust}.  (Man.) 
  a  To  take  in  too  little  ground  with  the  fore  legs,  as  a 
  horse. 
  b  To  perform  curvets  too  precipitately  or  too  low 
 
  {To  beat  the  hoof},  to  walk;  to  go  on  foot. 
 
  {To  beat  the  wing},  to  flutter;  to  move  with  fluttering 
  agitation. 
 
  {To  beat  time},  to  measure  or  regulate  time  in  music  by  the 
  motion  of  the  hand  or  foot. 
 
  {To  beat  up},  to  attack  suddenly;  to  alarm  or  disturb;  as  to 
  beat  up  an  enemy's  quarters. 
 
  Syn:  To  strike;  pound;  bang;  buffet;  maul;  drub;  thump; 
  baste;  thwack;  thrash;  pommel;  cudgel;  belabor;  conquer; 
  defeat;  vanquish;  overcome. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beat  \Beat\,  n. 
  1.  A  stroke;  a  blow. 
 
  He  with  a  careless  beat  Struck  out  the  mute 
  creation  at  a  heat.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  A  recurring  stroke;  a  throb;  a  pulsation;  as  a  beat  of 
  the  heart;  the  beat  of  the  pulse. 
 
  3.  (Mus.) 
  a  The  rise  or  fall  of  the  hand  or  foot,  marking  the 
  divisions  of  time;  a  division  of  the  measure  so 
  marked.  In  the  rhythm  of  music  the  beat  is  the  unit. 
  b  A  transient  grace  note,  struck  immediately  before  the 
  one  it  is  intended  to  ornament. 
 
  4.  (Acoustics  &  Mus.)  A  sudden  swelling  or  re["e]nforcement 
  of  a  sound,  recurring  at  regular  intervals,  and  produced 
  by  the  interference  of  sound  waves  of  slightly  different 
  periods  of  vibrations;  applied  also  by  analogy,  to  other 
  kinds  of  wave  motions;  the  pulsation  or  throbbing  produced 
  by  the  vibrating  together  of  two  tones  not  quite  in 
  unison.  See  {Beat},  v.  i.,  8. 
 
  5.  A  round  or  course  which  is  frequently  gone  over  as  a 
  watchman's  beat 
 
  6.  A  place  of  habitual  or  frequent  resort. 
 
  7.  A  cheat  or  swindler  of  the  lowest  grade;  --  often 
  emphasized  by  dead;  as  a  dead  beat  [Low] 
 
  {Beat  of  drum}  (Mil.),  a  succession  of  strokes  varied,  in 
  different  ways,  for  particular  purposes,  as  to  regulate  a 
  march,  to  call  soldiers  to  their  arms  or  quarters,  to 
  direct  an  attack,  or  retreat,  etc 
 
  {Beat  of  a  watch},  or  {clock},  the  stroke  or  sound  made  by 
  the  action  of  the  escapement.  A  clock  is  in  beat  or  out  of 
  beat  according  as  the  strokes  is  at  equal  or  unequal 
  intervals. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beat  \Beat\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  strike  repeatedly;  to  inflict  repeated  blows;  to  knock 
  vigorously  or  loudly. 
 
  The  men  of  the  city  .  .  .  beat  at  the  door. 
  --Judges.  xix. 
  22. 
 
  2.  To  move  with  pulsation  or  throbbing. 
 
  A  thousand  hearts  beat  happily.  --Byron. 
 
  3.  To  come  or  act  with  violence;  to  dash  or  fall  with  force; 
  to  strike  anything  as  rain,  wind,  and  waves  do 
 
  Sees  rolling  tempests  vainly  beat  below.  --Dryden. 
 
  They  [winds]  beat  at  the  crazy  casement. 
  --Longfellow. 
 
  The  sun  beat  upon  the  head  of  Jonah,  that  he 
  fainted,  and  wisbed  in  himself  to  die.  --Jonah  iv 
  8. 
 
  Public  envy  seemeth  to  beat  chiefly  upon  ministers. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  To  be  in  agitation  or  doubt.  [Poetic] 
 
  To  still  my  beating  mind.  --Shak. 
 
  5.  (Naut.)  To  make  progress  against  the  wind,  by  sailing  in  a 
  zigzag  line  or  traverse. 
 
  6.  To  make  a  sound  when  struck;  as  the  drums  beat 
 
  7.  (Mil.)  To  make  a  succession  of  strokes  on  a  drum;  as  the 
  drummers  beat  to  call  soldiers  to  their  quarters. 
 
  8.  (Acoustics  &  Mus.)  To  sound  with  more  or  less  rapid 
  alternations  of  greater  and  less  intensity,  so  as  to 
  produce  a  pulsating  effect;  --  said  of  instruments,  tones, 
  or  vibrations,  not  perfectly  in  unison. 
 
  {A  beating  wind}  (Naut.),  a  wind  which  necessitates  tacking 
  in  order  to  make  progress. 
 
  {To  beat  about},  to  try  to  find  to  search  by  various  means 
  or  ways.  --Addison. 
 
  {To  beat  about  the  bush},  to  approach  a  subject  circuitously. 
 
 
  {To  beat  up  and  down}  (Hunting),  to  run  first  one  way  and 
  then  another;  --  said  of  a  stag. 
 
  {To  beat  up  for  recruits},  to  go  diligently  about  in  order  to 
  get  helpers  or  participators  in  an  enterprise. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beat  \Beat\,  a. 
  Weary;  tired;  fatigued;  exhausted.  [Colloq.] 
 
  Quite  beat  and  very  much  vexed  and  disappointed. 
  --Dickens. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  beat 
  adj  :  (informal)  very  tired;  "was  all  in  at  the  end  of  the  day"; 
  "so  beat  I  could  flop  down  and  go  to  sleep  anywhere"; 
  "bushed  after  all  that  exercise";  "I'm  dead  after  that 
  long  trip"  [syn:  {all  in(p)},  {beat(p)},  {bushed(p)},  {dead(p)}] 
  n  1:  a  regular  route  for  a  sentry  or  policeman;  "in  the  old  days 
  a  policeman  walked  a  beat  and  knew  all  his  people  by 
  name"  [syn:  {circuit},  {round}] 
  2:  the  rhythmic  contraction  and  expansion  of  the  arteries  with 
  each  beat  of  the  heart;  "he  could  feel  the  beat  of  her 
  heart"  [syn:  {pulse},  {pulsation},  {heartbeat}] 
  3:  the  basic  rhythmic  unit  in  a  piece  of  music;  "the  piece  has 
  a  fast  rhythm";  "the  conductor  set  the  beat"  [syn:  {rhythm}, 
  {musical  rhythm}] 
  4:  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 
  5:  the  sound  of  stroke  or  blow;  "he  heard  the  beat  of  a  drum" 
  6:  (prosody)  the  accent  in  a  metrical  foot  of  verse  [syn:  {meter}, 
  {measure},  {cadence}] 
  7:  a  regular  rate  of  repetition;  "the  cox  raised  the  beat" 
  8:  a  stroke  or  blow;  "the  signal  was  two  beats  on  the  steam 
  pipe" 
  9:  the  act  of  beating  to  windward;  sailing  as  close  as  possible 
  to  the  direction  from  which  the  wind  is  blowing 
  v  1:  come  out  better  in  a  competition,  race,  or  conflict;  "Agassi 
  beat  Becker  in  tennsi  championship";  "We  beat  the 
  competition";  "Harvard  defeated  Yale  in  the  last 
  football  game"  [syn:  {beat  out},  {crush},  {trounce},  {vanquish}] 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {beat  up}] 
  3:  hit  repeatedly;  "beat  on  the  door";  "beat  the  table  with  his 
  shoe" 
  4:  move  rhythmically;  "Her  heart  was  beating  fast"  [syn:  {pound}, 
  {thump}] 
  5:  shape  by  beating;  "beat  swords  into  ploughshares" 
  6:  make  a  rhythmic  sound:  "Rain  drummed  against  the 
  windshield";  "The  drums  beat  all  night"  [syn:  {drum},  {thrum}] 
  7:  glare  or  strike  with  great  intensity;  "The  sun  was  beating 
  down  on  us" 
  8:  move  with  a  thrashing  motion;  "The  bird  flapped  its  wings"; 
  "The  eagle  beat  its  wings  and  soared  high  into  the  sky" 
  [syn:  {flap}] 
  9:  sail  with  much  tacking  or  with  difficulty;  "The  boat  beat  in 
  the  strong  wind" 
  10:  stir  vigorously;  "beat  the  egg  whites";  beat  the  cream" 
  [syn:  {scramble}] 
  11:  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" 
  12:  be  superior:  "Reading  beats  watching  television";  "This  sure 
  beats  work!" 
  13:  deprive  somebody  of  something  by  deceit;  "The  con-man  beat 
  me  out  of  $50";  "This  salesman  ripped  us  off!";  "we  were 
  cheated  by  their  clever-sounding  scheme"  [syn:  {cheat},  {rip 
  off},  {sell  short}] 
  14:  make  a  sound  like  a  clock  or  a  timer;  "the  clocks  were 
  ticking";  "the  grandfather  clock  beat  midnight"  [syn:  {tick}, 
  {ticktock},  {ticktack}] 
  15:  move  with  a  flapping  motion;  "The  bird's  wings  were 
  flapping"  [syn:  {flap}] 
  16:  indicate  by  beating;  as  with  the  fingers  or  drumsticks; 
  "Beat  the  rhythm" 
  17:  make  by  pounding  or  trampling;  "beat  a  path  through  the 
  forest" 
  18:  produce  a  rhythm  by  striking  repeatedly:  "beat  the  drum" 
  19:  beat  through  cleverness  and  wit;  "I  beat  the  traffic";  "She 
  outfoxed  her  competitors"  [syn:  {outwit},  {overreach},  {outsmart}, 
  {outfox},  {circumvent}] 
  20:  be  a  mystery  or  bewildering  to:  "This  beats  me!"  "Got  me--I 
  don't  know  the  answer!"  [syn:  {perplex},  {get},  {puzzle}, 
  {mystify},  {baffle},  {bewilder},  {flummox},  {stupefy},  {stupify}, 
  {nonplus},  {gravel},  {amaze},  {dumbfound},  {trounce}] 
  21:  wear  out  completely;  "This  kind  of  work  exhausts  me";  "I'm 
  beat"  [syn:  {exhaust},  {tucker},  {tucker  out}] 
 
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