Beat
Beat Beat, v. i. 1. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly. [1913 Webster]

The men of the city . . . beat at the door. --Judges. xix. 22. [1913 Webster]

2. To move with pulsation or throbbing. [1913 Webster]

A thousand hearts beat happily. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

3. To come or act with violence; to dash or fall with force; to strike anything, as rain, wind, and waves do. [1913 Webster]

Sees rolling tempests vainly beat below. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

They [winds] beat at the crazy casement. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

The sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die. --Jonah iv. 8. [1913 Webster]

Public envy seemeth to beat chiefly upon ministers. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. To be in agitation or doubt. [Poetic] [1913 Webster]

To still my beating mind. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Naut.) To make progress against the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line or traverse. [1913 Webster]

6. To make a sound when struck; as, the drums beat. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mil.) To make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters. [1913 Webster]

8. (Acoustics & Mus.) 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. [1913 Webster]

{A beating wind} (Naut.), a wind which necessitates tacking in order to make progress.

{To beat about}, to try to find; to search by various means or ways. --Addison.

{To beat about the bush}, to approach a subject circuitously.

{To beat up and down} (Hunting), to run first one way and then another; -- said of a stag.

{To beat up for recruits}, to go diligently about in order to get helpers or participators in an enterprise.

{To beat the rap}, to be acquitted of an accusation; -- especially, by some sly or deceptive means, rather than to be proven innocent. [1913 Webster]


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