Beat of drum
Beat Beat, n. 1. A stroke; a blow. [1913 Webster]

He, with a careless beat, Struck out the mute creation at a heat. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mus.) (a) The rise or fall of the hand or foot, marking the divisions of time; a division of the measure so marked. In the rhythm of music the beat is the unit. (b) A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament. [1913 Webster]

4. (Acoustics & Mus.) A sudden swelling or re["e]nforcement of a sound, recurring at regular intervals, and produced by the interference of sound waves of slightly different periods of vibrations; applied also, by analogy, to other kinds of wave motions; the pulsation or throbbing produced by the vibrating together of two tones not quite in unison. See {Beat}, v. i., 8. [1913 Webster]

5. A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat; analogously, for newspaper reporters, the subject or territory that they are assigned to cover; as, the Washington beat. [1913 Webster +PJC]

6. A place of habitual or frequent resort. [1913 Webster]

7. A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; -- often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat; also, {deadbeat}. [Low] [1913 Webster]

{Beat of drum} (Mil.), a succession of strokes varied, in different ways, for particular purposes, as to regulate a march, to call soldiers to their arms or quarters, to direct an attack, or retreat, etc.

{Beat of a watch}, or {Beat of a clock}, the stroke or sound made by the action of the escapement. A clock is in beat or out of beat, according as the stroke is at equal or unequal intervals. [1913 Webster]


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  • Beat of a clock — Beat Beat, n. 1. A stroke; a blow. [1913 Webster] He, with a careless beat, Struck out the mute creation at a heat. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beat of a watch — Beat Beat, n. 1. A stroke; a blow. [1913 Webster] He, with a careless beat, Struck out the mute creation at a heat. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • beat the drum (for somebody) — beat/bang the ˈdrum (for sb/sth) idiom (especially BrE) to speak with enthusiasm in support of sb/sth • She s really banging the drum for the new system. Main entry: ↑drumidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • beat the drum (for something) — beat/bang the ˈdrum (for sb/sth) idiom (especially BrE) to speak with enthusiasm in support of sb/sth • She s really banging the drum for the new system. Main entry: ↑drumidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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  • march to (the beat of) a different drum — march to (the beat of) a different ˈdrummer/ˈdrum idiom to behave in a different way from other people; to have different attitudes or ideas • She was a gifted and original artist who marched to a different drummer. Main entry: ↑marchidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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