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Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.

V. past beat; past part. beaten ˈbētn sail into the wind, following a zigzag course with repeated tacking: we beat southward all that first day.

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beat

Edited by Alison Latham.

in The Oxford Companion to Music

P ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 143 words.

1 The basic unit of time in mensural music, i.e. that chosen by the conductor when he ‘beats’ time. The beats are usually categorized according to where they fall in the bar:...

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beat

Tony Deverson.

in The Oxford Dictionary of New Zealandisms

January 2010; p ublished online January 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 81 words.

noun 1 an area over which a shepherd or musterer operates (see also bottom beat, top beat

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<span class="smallCaps">Beats</span>

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History. 874 words.

The term “the Beats” (or Beat Generation) refers to a loosely defined movement in the arts and literature that grew

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beat

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.

V. past beat; past part. beaten ˈbētn sail into the wind, following a zigzag course with repeated tacking: we beat southward all that first day.

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beat

Bryan A. Garner.

in The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

January 2000; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 29 words.

The archaic past participle beat persists only in the phrase I'm beat, meaning “I'm exhausted,” and (vestigially) in the

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Beat

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 34 words.

To beat or scare them severely. The daylights were originally the eyes but the word then came to be understood

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beat

in New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 132 words.

accrete, autocomplete, beat, beet, bittersweet, bleat, cheat, cleat, clubfeet, compete, compleat, complete, conceit, Crete, deceit, delete, deplete, discreet,

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beat

Edited by John Ayto.

in Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 411 words.

beat a hasty retreat withdraw, typically in order to avoid something unpleasant. In former times, a drumbeat could be used

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beat

in Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 129 words.

accrete, beat, beet, bittersweet, bleat, cheat, cleat, clubfeet, compete, compleat, complete, conceit, Crete, deceit, delete, deplete, discreet, discrete,

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beat

Julia Cresswell.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 135 words.

[OE]

An Old English word related to *beetle in the sense ‘heavy mallet’. The beat generation was a group

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beat

in The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

January 2001; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History. 27 words.

v. past beat; past part. beaten ˈbētn sail into the wind, following a zigzag course with repeated tacking:

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Beats

Clive Greated.

in Grove Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 91 words.

An acoustical phenomenon, useful in tuning instruments, resulting from the interference of two sound waves of slightly different frequencies. The number of beats per second equals the...

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beat

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online September 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 41 words.

is largely defunct as a participial form, except in the phrase dead-beat. Otherwise it is confined to (especially AmE)

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beat

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 156 words.

The old past participle beat has almost vanished from standard English, but it continues in non-standard and regional speech, especially in North America, e.g. ...

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beat

Edited by Robert Allen.

in Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 41 words.

is largely defunct as a participial form, except in the phrase dead-beat. Otherwise it is confined to (especially AmE)

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beat

Michael Kennedy and Joyce Bourne Kennedy.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 172 words.

1 Unit of measurement of rhythmic pulse of mus. (i.e. waltz has 3 beats to the measure), as indicated in

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beat

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 185 words.

beat about the bush discuss a matter without coming to the point; be ineffectual and waste time. A metaphor originating in the shooting or netting of birds....

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Beat

in Grove Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 55 words.

The basic pulse underlying mensural music, that is, the temporal unit of a composition; also the movement of the hand or baton by which the conductor indicates that unit. The grouping of...

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beat

Edited by Joyce Bourne.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Music

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 172 words.

1. Unit of measurement of rhythmic pulse of music, as indicated in time signature. In 4/4 time each quarter‐note (crotchet) is one beat, with four to each bar. In more...

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beat

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Beat about the bush discuss a matter without coming to the point; be ineffectual and waste time. A metaphor originating in the shooting or netting of birds.

beat a (hasty) retreat...

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