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" Synonyms: beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish,
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" Synonyms: beat up, work over,
hit repeatedly; "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
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"
stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream" Synonyms: scramble,
shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares"
produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; "beat the drum"
make by pounding or trampling; "beat a path through the forest"
move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; "the city pulsated with music and excitement" Synonyms: pulsate, quiver,
move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast" Synonyms: pound, thump,
indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; "Beat the rhythm"
sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind"
move with a flapping motion; "The bird''s wings were flapping" Synonyms: flap,
move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky" Synonyms: flap,
glare or strike with great intensity; "The sun was beating down on us"
make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night" Synonyms: drum, thrum,
make a sound like a clock or a timer; "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight" Synonyms: tick, ticktock, ticktack,
avoid paying; "beat the subway fare" Synonyms: bunk,
be superior; "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
a stroke or blow; "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
a regular rate of repetition; "the cox raised the beat"
the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat" Synonyms: rhythm, musical rhythm,