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  3  definitions  found 
 
  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]: 
 
  Beating  \Beat"ing\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  striking  or  giving  blows;  punishment  or 
  chastisement  by  blows. 
 
  2.  Pulsation;  throbbing;  as  the  beating  of  the  heart. 
 
  3.  (Acoustics  &  Mus.)  Pulsative  sounds.  See  {Beat},  n. 
 
  4.  (Naut.)  The  process  of  sailing  against  the  wind  by  tacks 
  in  zigzag  direction. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  beating 
  adj  :  expanding  and  contracting  rhythmically  as  to  the  beating  of 
  the  heart;  "felt  the  pulsating  artery";  "oh  my  beating 
  heart"  [syn:  {pulsating},  {pulsing}] 
  n  1:  the  act  of  overcoming  or  outdoing  [syn:  {whipping}] 
  2:  the  act  of  inflicting  corporal  punishment  with  repeated 
  blows  [syn:  {thrashing},  {drubbing},  {trouncing},  {whacking}] 




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