the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind"
a stroke or blow; "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"
wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I'm beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam"
move with a flapping motion; "The bird's wings were flapping"
a regular rate of repetition; "the cox raised the beat"
be a mystery or bewildering to;
move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat"
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
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"
make a sound like a clock or a timer; "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight"
hit repeatedly; "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
avoid paying; "beat the subway fare"
strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
be superior; "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
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"
stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"
shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares"
produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; "beat the drum"
much trodden and worn smooth or bare; "did n
win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"
thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"
beaten or overcome; not victorious; "the defeated enemy"
disappointingly unsuccessful; "disappointed expectations and thwarted ambitions"; "their foiled attempt to capture Calais"; "many frustrated poets end as pipe-smoking teachers"; "his best efforts were thwarted"
people who are defeated; "the Romans had no pity for the defeated"
a gambler who loses a bet
a contestant who loses the contest
a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently