Definition of BEATS

noun : BEATS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) a United States youth subculture of the 1950s; rejected possessions or regular work or traditional dress; for communal living and psychedelic drugs and anarchism; favored modern forms of jazz (e.g., bebop) ;

verb : BEATS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 2. (

    ) give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students" ;

  • 3. (

    ) hit repeatedly; "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe" ;

  • 5. (

    ) shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares" ;

  • 6. (

    ) make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night" ;

  • 7. (

    ) glare or strike with great intensity; "The sun was beating down on us" ;

  • 8. (

    ) move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky" ;

  • 9. (

    ) sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind" ;

  • 11. (

    ) strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music; "beat one's breast"; "beat one's foot rhythmically" ;

  • 12. (

    ) be superior; "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!" ;

  • 15. (

    ) move with a flapping motion; "The bird's wings were flapping" ;

  • 16. (

    ) indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; "Beat the rhythm" ;

  • 17. (

    ) move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; "the city pulsated with music and excitement" ;

  • 18. (

    ) make by pounding or trampling; "beat a path through the forest" ;

  • 19. (

    ) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; "beat the drum" ;

  • 20. (

    ) strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting ;