For the verb: "to beat"

Present Participle: beating

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
beat•ing /ˈbitɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the receiving of strokes from someone who beats:[countable]Beatings began to increase in the neighborhood.
  2. a defeat or reverse;
    setback:[countable]took several beatings before we bounced back.
  3. throbbing:[uncountable]Can you feel the beating of my heart?

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
beat•ing  (bēting),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of a person or thing that beats, as to punish, clean, mix, etc.:Give the rug a good beating.
  2. a defeat or reverse;
    setback:Several stocks took a beating in the market today.
  3. pulsation;
    throbbing:the beating of her heart.
  • Middle English betynge. See beat, -ing1 1200–50

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
beat /bit/USA pronunciation   v.,  beat, beat•en or beat, beat•ing, n., adj. 
  1. to strike forcefully and repeatedly: [+ object]to beat a door down.[no object]She beat on the door until he finally answered.
  2. to hit (a person or animal) repeatedly so as to cause injury;
    thrash:beat him and left him for dead.
  3. to smash against: [+ object]listening to the rain beating the trees.[no object]We heard the rain beating on the trees.
  4. to flutter or flap: [+ object]a bird beating its wings.[no object]The hummingbird's wings were beating at least 100 times a second.
  5. to hit (a drum) so as to make a sound: [+ object]The bagpipers began to beat their drums to start the parade.[no object]We could hear the drum beating in the distance.
  6. to stir (ingredients for a mixture) vigorously:[+ object]Beat the egg whites well.
  7. [+ object] to break, shape, or make by hitting: to beat swords into plowshares.
  8. to make (a path) by repeated walking:[+ object]beat a path through the jungle.
  9. Music and Dance to mark or keep (time) by strokes, as with a metronome:[+ object]Can't you beat time to this music?
  10. to defeat in a contest;
    do better than:[+ object]finally beat him in that match.
  11. [Informal.]to be better than:[+ object]Making reservations on the phone sure beats waiting in line.
  12. [+ object][Informal.]to baffle: It beats me how he got the job.
  13. [Informal.]to soften or overcome the bad effects of:[+ object]He tried to beat the system by helping people directly.
  14. [Slang.]to escape or avoid (blame):[+ object]beat the rap by pleading temporary insanity.
  15. to throb or pulsate:[no object]My heart was beating wildly every time she looked at me.
  16. beat back, [+ back + object] to force (an enemy) back;
    force to withdraw:The troops beat back the first assault.
  17. beat down, [+ down + object]
    • to subdue:He was able to beat down his opposition.
  18. beat off,
    • to ward off;
      push back: [+ off + object]Our army beat off their attacks.[+ object + off]We beat them off easily.
  19. beat out,
    • Informal Termsto defeat;
      win: [+ out + object]to beat out the competition.[+ object + out]to beat them out.
  20. beat up, to strike repeatedly so as to cause painful injury;
    thrash: [+ object + up]The gang beat him up.[+ up + object]The gang beat up anyone they could.

  1. a stroke or blow, or the sound made from such a stroke:[countable]Give us two beats on the drum, then start the guitars.
  2. [countable] a throb or pulsing: a pulse of 60 beats per minute.
  3. the major rhythm of a piece of music:[countable;  usually singular]All her songs have a great beat.
  4. one's assigned area of responsibility:[countable;  usually singular]The police officer's beat was my neighborhood.

  1. Informal Terms Informal. exhausted;
    worn out:[be + ~]really beat after staying up all night.
  2. Sociology of or characteristic of members of the Beat Generation:[before a noun;  often: Beat]beat poetry.
  1. Idioms, Informal Terms beat it, Informal. to go away:I told you to beat it and leave me alone.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
beat  (bēt),USA pronunciation v.,  beat, beat•en  or beat, beat•ing, n., adj. 
  1. to strike violently or forcefully and repeatedly.
  2. to dash against:rain beating the trees.
  3. to flutter, flap, or rotate in or against:beating the air with its wings.
  4. to sound, as on a drum:beating a steady rhythm; to beat a tattoo.
  5. to stir vigorously:Beat the egg whites well.
  6. to break, forge, or make by blows:to beat their swords into plowshares.
  7. to produce (an attitude, idea, habit, etc.) by repeated efforts:I'll beat some sense into him.
  8. to make (a path) by repeated treading.
  9. to strike (a person or animal) repeatedly and injuriously:Some of the hoodlums beat their victims viciously before robbing them.
  10. Music and Danceto mark (time) by strokes, as with the hand or a metronome.
  11. Sport[Hunting.]to scour (the forest, grass, or brush), and sometimes make noise, in order to rouse game.
  12. to overcome in a contest;
  13. to win over in a race:We beat the English challenger to Bermuda.
  14. to be superior to:Making reservations beats waiting in line.
  15. to be incomprehensible to;
    baffle:It beats me how he got the job.
  16. to defeat or frustrate (a person), as a problem to be solved:It beats me how to get her to understand.
  17. to mitigate or offset the effects of:beating the hot weather; trying to beat the sudden decrease in land values.
  18. Slang Termsto swindle;
    cheat (often fol. by out):He beat him out of hundreds of dollars on that deal.
  19. to escape or avoid (blame or punishment).
  20. Textilesto strike (the loose pick) into its proper place in the woven cloth by beating the loosely deposited filling yarn with the reed.

  1. to strike repeated blows;
  2. to throb or pulsate:His heart began to beat faster.
  3. to dash;
    strike (usually fol. by against or on):rain beating against the windows.
  4. to resound under blows, as a drum.
  5. to achieve victory in a contest;
    win:Which team do you think will beat?
  6. to play, as on a drum.
  7. to scour cover for game.
  8. Physicsto make a beat or beats.
  9. (of a cooking ingredient) to foam or stiffen as a result of beating or whipping:This cream won't beat.
  10. Nautical, Naval Termsto tack to windward by sailing close-hauled.
  11. beat about: 
    • to search through;
      scour:After beating about for several hours, he turned up the missing papers.
    • Nauticalto tack into the wind.
  12. Idioms, Informal Termsbeat all, [Informal.]to surpass anything of a similar nature, esp. in an astonishing or outrageous way:The way he came in here and ordered us around beats all!
  13. Idiomsbeat a retreat. See  retreat (def. 8).
  14. Idiomsbeat around or  about the bush. See  bush 1 (def. 14).
  15. beat back, to force back;
    compel to withdraw:to beat back an attacker.
  16. beat down: 
    • to bring into subjection;
    • Informal Termsto persuade (a seller) to lower the price of something:His first price was too high, so we tried to beat him down.
  17. Informal Termsbeat it, to depart;
    go away:He was pestering me, so I told him to beat it.
  18. beat off: 
    • to ward off;
      repulse:We had to beat off clouds of mosquitoes.
    • Informal Terms[Slang](vulgar). to masturbate.
  19. Buildingbeat out: 
    • Informal Termsto defeat;
      win or be chosen over:to beat out the competition.
    • [Carpentry.]to cut (a mortise).
    • to produce hurriedly, esp. by writing or typing:There are three days left to beat out the first draft of the novel.
    • Sport[Baseball.](of a hitter) to make (an infield ground ball or bunt) into a hit:He beat out a weak grounder to third.
  20. Idiomsbeat the air or  wind, to make repeated futile attempts.
  21. Idiomsbeat the rap. See  rap 1 (def. 16).
  22. beat up: 
    • Also,  beat up on. to strike repeatedly so as to cause painful injury;
      thrash:A gang of toughs beat him up on the way home from school. In the third round the champion really began to beat up on the challenger.
    • British Termsto find or gather;
      scare up:I'll beat up some lunch for us while you make out the shopping list.

  1. a stroke or blow.
  2. the sound made by one or more such blows:the beat of drums.
  3. a throb or pulsation:a pulse of 60 beats per minute.
  4. Timethe ticking sound made by a clock or watch escapement.
  5. one's assigned or regular path or habitual round:a policeman's beat.
  6. Music and Dance
    • the audible, visual, or mental marking of the metrical divisions of music.
    • a stroke of the hand, baton, etc., marking the time division or an accent for music during performance.
  7. Show Business[Theat.]a momentary time unit imagined by an actor in timing actions:Wait four beats and then pick up the phone.
  8. Poetry[Pros.]the accent stress, or ictus, in a foot or rhythmical unit of poetry.
  9. Physicsa pulsation caused by the coincidence of the amplitudes of two oscillations of unequal frequencies, having a frequency equal to the difference between the frequencies of the two oscillations.
  10. Journalism
    • the reporting of a piece of news in advance, esp. before it is reported by a rival or rivals. Cf. exclusive (def. 13), scoop (def. 8).
    • Also called  newsbeat, run. the particular news source or activity that a reporter is responsible for covering.
  11. Governmenta subdivision of a county, as in Mississippi.
  12. Informal Terms, Sociology(often cap.) beatnik.
  13. Idiomsoff one's beat, outside of one's routine, general knowledge, or range of experience:He protested that nonobjective art was off his beat.
  14. Music and Dance, Idiomson the beat, in the correct rhythm or tempo:By the end of the number they were all finally playing on the beat.

  1. Informal Termsexhausted;
    worn out.
  2. Sociology(often cap.) of or characteristic of members of the Beat Generation or beatniks.
beata•ble, adj. 
  • *bheud-
  • bef. 900; Middle English beten, Old English bēatan; cognate with Old Norse bauta, Middle Low German bōten, Old High German bōzzan; akin to Middle Irish búalaim I hit, Latin fūstis a stick
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged belabor, batter, drub, maul, baste, pommel, cudgel, buffet, flog.
      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.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged conquer, subdue, vanquish, overpower.
    • 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged excel, outdo, surpass.
    • 22.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  pulsate. 

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beating /ˈbiːtɪŋ/ n
  1. a whipping or thrashing, as in punishment
  2. a defeat or setback
  3. take some beating, take a lot of beatingto be difficult to improve upon

beat /biːt/ vb (beats, beating, beat, beaten, beat)
  1. when intr, often followed by against, on, etc: to strike with or as if with a series of violent blows; dash or pound repeatedly (against)
  2. (transitive) to punish by striking; flog
  3. to move or cause to move up and down; flap: the bird beat its wings heavily
  4. (intransitive) to throb rhythmically; pulsate
  5. (transitive) sometimes followed by up: to stir or whisk (an ingredient or mixture) vigorously
  6. (transitive) sometimes followed by out: to shape, make thin, or flatten (a piece of metal) by repeated blows
  7. (transitive) to indicate (time) by the motion of one's hand, baton, etc, or by the action of a metronome
  8. when tr, sometimes followed by out: to produce (a sound or signal) by or as if by striking a drum
  9. to overcome (an opponent) in a contest, battle, etc
  10. (tr; often followed by back, down, off etc) to drive, push, or thrust
  11. (transitive) to arrive or finish before (someone or something); anticipate or forestall
  12. (transitive) to form (a path or track) by repeatedly walking or riding over it
  13. to scour (woodlands, coverts, or undergrowth) so as to rouse game for shooting
  14. (transitive) slang to puzzle or baffle: it beats me how he can do that
  15. (intransitive) to steer a sailing vessel as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
  16. beat a retreatto withdraw or depart in haste
  17. beat itslang (often imperative) to go away
  18. beat the boundsBrit (formerly) to define the boundaries of a parish by making a procession around them and hitting the ground with rods
  19. can you beat it?, can you beat that?slang an expression of utter amazement or surprise
  1. a stroke or blow
  2. the sound made by a stroke or blow
  3. a regular sound or stroke; throb
  4. an assigned or habitual round or route, as of a policeman or sentry
  5. (as modifier): beat police officers
  6. the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music, usually grouped in twos, threes, or fours
  7. pop or rock music characterized by a heavy rhythmic beat
  8. (as modifier): a beat group
  9. the low regular frequency produced by combining two sounds or electrical signals that have similar frequencies
  10. the accent, stress, or ictus in a metrical foot
  11. (modifier, often capital) of, characterized by, or relating to the Beat Generation
  1. (postpositive) slang totally exhausted

See also beat down, beat upEtymology: Old English bēatan; related to Old Norse bauta, Old High German bōzan

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