In music and music theory, the beat is the basic unit of time, the pulse of the mensural level . In popular use, the beat can refer to a variety of related concepts including: tempo, meter, rhythm and groove. In modern pop music, the term "beats" has been used to describe whole pieces of composed music. This is a distinct and separate use of the term from the way "beat" is used traditionally as related only to the rhythmic element of music.

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  1. A stroke; a blow.
  2. A pulsation or throb.
    a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse
  3. A pulse on the beat level, the metric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Thus a beat is the basic time unit of a piece.
  4. A rhythm.
  5. A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament.
  6. The interference between two tones of almost equal frequency
  7. A short pause in a play, screenplay, or teleplay, for dramatic or comedic effect.
  8. The route patrolled by a police officer or a guard.
    to walk the beat
  9. An area of a person's responsibility, especially
    1. In journalism, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business etc.).
  10. A place of habitual or frequent resort.
  11. A low cheat or swindler.
    ''a dead beat
  12. The instrumental portion of a piece of hip-hop music.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A beatnik.


  1. To hit; to knock; to pound; to strike.
    As soon as she heard that Wiktionary was shutting down, she went into a rage and beat the wall with her fists until her knuckles bled.
  2. To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm.
    He danced hypnotically while she beat the atabaque.
  3. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
  4. To move with pulsation or throbbing.
  5. To win against; to defeat or overcome; to do better than, outdo, or excel (someone) in a particular, competitive event.
    Jan had little trouble beating John in tennis. He lost five games in a row.
    No matter how quickly Joe finished his test, Roger always beat him.
    I just can't seem to beat the last level of this video game.
  6. To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
  7. To strike (water, foliage etc.) in order to drive out game; to travel through (a forest etc.) for hunting.
  8. To mix food in a rapid fashion. Compare whip.
    Beat the eggs and whip the cream.
  9. of a buyer, to persuade the seller to reduce a price
    He wanted $50 for it, but I managed to beat him down to $35.
  10. To indicate by beating or drumming.
    to beat a retreat; to beat to quarters
  11. To tread, as a path.
  12. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
  13. To be in agitation or doubt.
  14. To make a sound when struck.
    The drums beat.
  15. To make a succession of strokes on a drum.
    The drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
  16. 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.


  1. exhausted
    After the long day, she was feeling completely beat.
  2. dilapidated, beat up
    Dude, you drive a beat car like that and you ain’t gonna get no honeys.
  3. fabulous
    Her makeup was beat!
  4. boring
  5. ugly

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