from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An act of repeated hitting or striking.
- n. A sound defeat.
- n. A sharp reversal; a setback: Stocks took a beating from panicky investors.
- n. A throbbing or pulsation, as of the heart.
- n. Physics The periodic variation in amplitude of a wave produced by the superposition of two waves of different frequencies, resulting in segments of louder, and then quieter, sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. action of the verb to beat
- n. a heavy defeat or setback
- n. the pulsation of the heart
- v. Present participle of beat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of striking or giving blows; punishment or chastisement by blows.
- n. Pulsation; throbbing.
- n. Pulsative sounds. See Beat, n.
- n. The process of sailing against the wind by tacks in zigzag direction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of striking, or operating by blows; any process of working by percussion.
- n. Punishment or chastisement by blows; a flogging.
- n. The state of being beaten or out-done; a defeat.
- n. Regular pulsation or throbbing.
- n. In music, same as beat, 7 : but in this form more frequently applied to the beats of the strings of a piano or the pipes of an organ.
- n. Nautical, the act of advancing in a zigzag line against the wind.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
- n. the act of overcoming or outdoing
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