From Nikko northwards my route was altogether off the beaten track, and had never been traversed in its entirety by any European. I lived among the Japanese, and saw their mode of living in regions unaffected by European contact.
A beat or beat cop is a police officer who walks, rides, cycles, or drives in a specific neighborhood, known as a “beat.” Because the officer routinely patrols in the same area, he or she becomes well-known in the community, creating a positive relationship between law enforcement and the community
To beat on, at, or against something means to hit it hard, usually several times or continuously for a period of time. There was dead silence but for a fly beating against the glass Nina managed to free herself and began beating at the flames with a pillow The rain was beating on the windowpanes. = pound Beat is also a noun. the rhythmic beat of the surf. + beating beat·ing the silence broken only by the beating of the rain
to beat someone black and blue: see black to beat about the bush: see bush to beat or knock the living daylights out of someone: see daylights to beat the drum for someone or something: see drum to beat someone at their own game: see game to beat a retreat: see retreat to beat, kick or knock the shit out of someone: see shit. v. In physics, the pulsation resulting from a combination of two waves of slightly different frequency. Beat frequency is the difference between the frequencies of the combining waves. When the interfering frequencies are in the audible range, the beats are heard as alternating soft and loud pulses. The human ear can detect beats with frequencies up to 10 hertz, or 10 beats per second. Piano tuners listen for beats when comparing the pitch of a tuning fork to that of a vibrating string; when no beats are heard, the fork and string are at the same frequency. Ultrasonic or inaudible frequencies can be superimposed to produce audible beats, allowing the detection of vocal sounds produced by bats or dolphins
You use beat in expressions such as `It beats me' or `What beats me is' to indicate that you cannot understand or explain something. `What am I doing wrong, anyway?' --- `Beats me, Lewis.' see also beaten, beaten-up, beating, beat-up
If an attack or an attempt is beaten off or is beaten back, it is stopped, often temporarily. The rescuers were beaten back by strong winds and currents South Africa's ruling National Party has beaten off a right-wing challenge
a single pulsation of an oscillation produced by adding two waves of different frequencies; has a frequency equal to the difference between the two oscillations 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"
If you beat time to a piece of music, you move your hand or foot up and down in time with the music. A conductor beats time to show the choir or orchestra how fast they should sing or play the music. He beats time with hands and feet. = keep time
A sudden swelling or reënforcement 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
A throbbing or undulating effect taking place in rapid succession when two notes not quite of the same pitch are sounded together If two tones are one cycle per second apart in pitch there will be one beat per second
In music, a beat is a unit of measurement. The number of beats in a bar of a piece of music is indicated by two numbers at the beginning of the piece. It's got four beats to a bar. see also upbeat, downbeat
If you beat a drum or similar instrument, you hit it in order to make a sound. You can also say that a drum beats. When you beat the drum, you feel good. drums beating and pipes playing. Beat is also a noun. the rhythmical beat of the drum
When your heart or pulse beats, it continually makes regular rhythmic movements. I felt my heart beating faster. Beat is also a noun. He could hear the beat of his heart Most people's pulse rate is more than 70 beats per minute. + beating beat·ing I could hear the beating of my heart
strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting 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"
1 A footfall within a gait A hoof, or pair of hooves virtually simultanosly striking the ground By this definition the walk has four beats, the trot has two, and the canter three 2 The emphasized beat (as in music) By this definition the walk has two beats, the trot has two and the canter has one beat
Something that is weather-beaten is rough and slightly damaged after being outside for a long time. They would look out through the cracks of their weather-beaten door. = weathered. weather-beaten buildings, skin, clothing etc look old and damaged because they have been out in bad weather
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