transitive verb beat, beaten
1.1(hit repeatedly)golpear(carpet) sacudir(wings) batirshe beat her fists against the door — aporreó la puerta con los puños
- The little hummingbirds beat their wings faster and their flight is even more graceful than normal.
- A ruby-throated hummingbird beats its wings 50 to 70 times per second.
- I stared after the birds as they beat their wings in strange rhythm.
- It then began to move slowly backwards still heading south and beating its wings until it disappeared.
- All of a sudden it's as if they've hit an invisible wall as they become stationary, despite them furiously beating their wings.
- These birds are highly animated as they vigorously beat their wings to gain height and speed.
- They are using updrafts to go higher without beating their wings.
- The birds that lived in the two trees suddenly screamed out, beat their wings and swooped down, crying their anguish.
- Rather than moving forward while flapping their wings up and down like a bird, flies hover while beating their wings back and forth.
- It seemed to know it was away from the confines of our chamber, for it fluttered about and beat its wings.
- A band-tailed pigeon, beating her wings upward, hears the incredibly low sound but pays no attention.
- They were chased for more than half a mile by this angry bird, who reared up to his full height in the water, beat his wings and mounted the towpath in order to drive them off.
- Did you know that a fly must beat its wings two hundred times a second to stay airborne?
- As I sat to write this essay I could not help but reflect upon an old saying about a butterfly beating its wings in China and causing a breeze in Oregon.
- At night, after a long day of gathering nectar, they gather at the hive entrance and begin fanning by vigorously beating their wings.
- He flew faster than ever, straining his strong muscles, and beating his wings so fast they were almost a blur.
- The crow remained still until it suddenly beat its wings but soon settled again watching Ari closely.
- He beat his powerful wings and soared high into the air, up and away from the village.
- Every tree, every bush, even the grass, all covered in butterflies, gently beating their wings, and flying delicately from one perch to another.
- In order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings forty-three times every second, right?
- She approaches an emotion with the finesse of someone beating a carpet.
- Training a dog, beating a carpet or rug, and washing clothes are also banned on the heath.
- Ava beat the rug with a vengeance, watching the dust fly through the air and circle in the late summer breeze.
- Do excuse me, I'm off to put more laundry in, beat my rugs, grab some lunch, and maybe pop down to the shops.
- He might have been beating a rug for all the effect it had.
1.2(inflict blows on)he beats his children — les pega a sus hijos
- he was beaten to death — lo mataron a golpes
- she nearly beat the life out of him — casi lo mata a golpes
- I'll soon beat some sense into him! — ¡lo haré entrar en razón a fuerza de golpes!
- he was beaten to death — lo mataron a golpes
- The most expensive is wrought iron, where the metal is beaten into shape.
- The metal can be beaten out so thinly that it has hardly any solidity left, when it appears as gold by reflected light but green by transmitted light.
- The piece of metal was then beaten with some kind of hammer, before being put back into the fire.
- The metal was beaten into a shimmering disc.
- She took a quick glance at me and then she laughed as she continued beating the metal.
- Gold and silver was also beaten and drawn out to be used to make thread for embroidery and braid weaving, often of an ecclesiastical in nature.
- It looked like a hammer, beating a sheet of metal.
- Lead may be worked directly, by being hammered or beaten into shape, or indirectly, melted and cast as with bronze, or it may be cast in the rough and then finished by hammering.
- Years ago, you used to be able to walk past the workshops under the Westway from about April onwards and hear the clanging of steel drums being beaten into shape.
- The other noble metal is silver, comparatively scarce in nature but easily beaten into shapes where its gleaming silver colour reminded the ancients of the Moon.
- The other two reached out and pulled the Aussie from the river and then, using long clubs, beat the shark to death.
- The documentary makers interviewed former workers who stated that some dogs were beaten to death, instead of being given a lethal injection, in order to save money.
- Police launched a murder hunt today after a cricket club member was beaten to death next to the pitch last night.
- Gerald does, in fact, resort to violence, beating the horse and cutting it with spurs.
- Ann said reports of dogs being beaten before death are false.
- He was forced to beat the attacking dog around the head with a stick in order to save his own pet.
- A MAN who beat his dog after it had been injured in a road accident has been jailed for three months and banned from keeping animals for life.
- In one attack, a bar owner was repeatedly beaten to the point where he thought he was going to be killed.
- The shepherd's crook is not for beating the sheep, but for catching hold of them if they go into danger where the shepherd's arm can't reach them.
- While they are spending time and money on this type of harassment there is a guy beating his dog for leaving a pile on the lawn.
- One of them, who saw a stray dog being beaten to near-death, was so anguished that he has vowed never to come back here again.
- Walking home from work one evening he was attacked by five thugs who beat him brutally with clubs, leaving him for dead.
- She claimed she was beaten repeatedly by members of her partner's family and decided to escape from them at the first opportunity.
- He was brutally beaten, struck over the head with a weapon, and handcuffed to a toilet while the gang ‘robbed’ the van.
- She was beaten repeatedly around the head with a heavy object, and left for dead in her home in Kinton, Herefordshire, last September.
- A 31-year-old man was beaten with a golf club and suffered severe bruising and two puncture wounds in his back.
- He was tied to a telegraph pole in a field on the outskirts of Cork City where he was repeatedly beaten by a gang of up to five men.
- One of the victims, a UK reporter, was held down by the neck by one officer while the others beat him with clubs.
- Several others, including two drivers, sustained lacerations after being beaten with blunt instruments, but were not admitted to hospital.
1.4Cooking(eggs) batir(cream/egg whites) batir(cream/egg whites) montar Spain
- Next, beat ingredients for the cream cheese layer until smooth.
- Egg yolks, Marsala wine, and sugar are beaten vigorously in a double boiler until thick and foamy.
- Pour the hot melted butter over the whisked eggs in a steady stream, beating the ingredients together well.
- In a bowl, beat the sugar and egg white together using an electric mixer until thick and foamy.
- In a bowl, beat the sugar with the butter until it is light and fluffy.
- Using a hand-held electric or balloon whisk, beat the egg whites in a large greaseproof bowl until they form firm but still floppy peaks.
- In a bowl, beat the spices with the cream, add a little salt (not too much as smoked haddock is often salty) and pour it over the fish.
- Meanwhile, with an electric mixture set on medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
- In a food processor, beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest until they are pale and creamy.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until thick.
- Then beat the sugar, eggs and orange flower water (if using) in a bowl until smooth.
- Sift the flour and salt together, then add them to the mixture and continue to beat until smooth.
- Use either a hand mixer, blender or whisk to beat the hot chocolate until it's frothy.
- For the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese until they are fluffy and then add the remaining ingredients with a pinch of salt until combined.
- In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
- In another medium mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them also into the chocolate mixture.
- Slowly, add olive oil, constantly beating the mixture - just like making mayonnaise - until it is thick and almost smooth.
- Drain the potatoes, tip them into the bowl of a food mixer and beat them with the butter to make a smooth but firm consistency.
- Remove from heat and beat the lentils with a wooden spoon until smooth.
- Remove from heat, beat the egg yolk, then add to the mushrooms, stirring it into the mixture.
- The moment you set a goal and achieve it, somebody will eventually beat your record and surpass your goal!
- I never imagined that you'd be able to beat the top score like that.
- The team is confident that it will beat the current record of 245 mph, and say that it could even reach 300 mph on future runs.
- This beats the previous record of 283,999, which was set only last year, and represents a two per cent rise on the 2003 figure.
- The gas company said the cold snap had led to record demand in Yorkshire on Wednesday when 23 million cubic metres of gas was used, beating the previous record in December 1999.
- The rowers were attempting to finish their voyage in 60 days, beating the record of 64 days set in 1971 by a single rower.
- It sold 2.5 million copies during its first week in the shops, beating the previous record, held by Titanic, by 700,000.
- He had beaten the Norwegian's record by more than a minute.
- I believe our survival record was eventually beaten by another airman.
- To beat the current record, held by a group of Canadians, they need to roll more than 81 car tyres for a distance of 100-metres.
- She hopes to set off in the catamaran Kingfisher II next January, with a team of 14, to beat the current record of 64 days.
- Although communities try to beat their previous score, it is also an open competition against other communities.
- If anyone would like to help us beat least year's record collection of £26, 531.66 please telephone me.
- The aim was to beat the existing record of 62 square metres.
- She will need to reach an average speed of 15.5 knots for the voyage if she is to beat the record.
- He did it in six hours, 53 minutes and 21 seconds and has vowed to go back for more next year and beat his own record.
- Basically, the game consisted of throwing a pair of dice, covered, and lying about what was on them to the next person, who had to beat your score.
- The next day, I told myself that I was going to beat Justin's first-round score.
- ‘I wanted to beat the world record but there was so much pressure on me and Jamie,’ he said.
- Judging it on the TV replay, it looked like it also beat the Olympic record.
2.1(defeat)(opponent) ganarle a(opponent) derrotar(opponent) vencerhe thinks he can beat me at chess — se cree que me puede ganar al ajedrez
- he was beaten into fourth place — lo dejaron en un cuarto puesto
- you've got to know when you're beaten — hay que saber reconocer la derrota
- the government claims to have beaten inflation — el gobierno dice haber abatido la inflación
- (it) beats me how anyone can do such a thing! — no logro entender cómo se puede llegar a hacer una cosa así
- a beaten man — un hombre acabado / derrotado
- Lauren easily beat her father five games to one, and poked fun at his age and physical fitness.
- There wasn't much shame in that because I thought we competed hard in the four games and we were beaten by a better side.
- ‘There's no chance of me ever beating you at this game,’ I had said.
- He defeated the Russian who beat him in last year's semi-final to gain sweet revenge and the gold medal.
- Earlier this evening my five-year-old nephew beat me at a game of basketball.
- We are a tough team to beat and you've got to play a very good game to beat us.
- I spend time with our daughter, allowing her to beat me in several games of checkers.
- He suffered his second straight defeat when he was beaten 5-3 in the second round.
- Almost every time, a player with a good short game will beat a player who can hit 300-yard drives.
- Our competition has been consistently beating us because they're taking bigger risks.
- He also loves to practise and you can clearly see the enjoyment derived from competing against and beating his rivals.
- In their competition the girls were beaten by one goal.
- Having attended professional table tennis training for five years in her primary school, she beat her rival easily.
- If he can't beat me easily then he won't be world champion.
- I'm not going to dwell on it, except to say that I forgot everything under pressure and he beat me easily.
- Saturday will be their first time back at Lansdowne Road since that shameful performance in '99, and they have beaten the British Lions since.
- For the first time in a quarter-century of trying a human runner has beaten a horse in one of the most bizarre sporting events on the planet.
- Both clubs' motivation is to beat their rivals and claim top spot in the county.
- As the Worthington Cup final proved, they continue to hold the formula for beating Manchester United.
- Has any other team ever beaten Manchester United five times in a row, as Liverpool now have?
- he was beaten into fourth place — lo dejaron en un cuarto puesto
2.2(be better than)(record) batir(record) superarthis model can't be beaten — este modelo es el mejor / no tiene igual
- our prices can't be beaten — nuestros precios son imbatibles
- I scored 470, beat that! — yo saqué 470 ¿a que no me ganas?
- you can't beat home-made apple pie — no hay como el pastel de manzana casero
- it beats working any day — siempre es más divertido que trabajar
- his cooking beats mine easily — cocina mejor que yo, ni punto de comparación
- our prices can't be beaten — nuestros precios son imbatibles
3(arrive before, anticipate)to beat sb to sthif we go early we should beat the traffic/crowds — si vamos temprano nos evitamos el tráfico/gentío
- buy now and beat the new tax — compre ahora, anticipándose al nuevo impuesto
- buy now and beat the new tax — compre ahora, anticipándose al nuevo impuesto
5.1(tread)they had beaten a path across the field — habían dejado marcado un sendero en el campo
- beat it! — ¡lárgate!
- beat it! — ¡lárgate!
- The estate staff and sundry villagers would be involved in beating the woods and picking up the game.
- Local lords also demanded that peasants beat the woods during hunts and pay special additional taxes.
- Many beaters like to carry their own stick, to help them get up and down banks, as well as for beating the undergrowth.
- These are people employed to beat the ground and bushes to 'flush' the birds towards the guns.
- In bird hunting some participants roused the birds by beating the bushes while others caught them in nets.
intransitive verb beat, beaten
1(strike)to beat against/on sth
- Meanwhile, Gregor's sister and father beat on his bedroom door, calling him to leave for work.
- She looked around for something to cover herself and again Noah beat on the door.
- I heard him beat against the door, and then fall to his feet with a strangled sigh.
- My hands grasp the brass knob as I beat on the door, calling, crying, begging.
- Doors slam shut, waves beat against the hull, and faint voices call for the characters to meet their doom.
- I'd beat on the walls and doors, leaving dents and holes, usually hurting myself on top of it.
- He carried her back up the hill while she beat on his back and kicked.
- Instead, Cindy was stuck staring gloomily out the window as rain steadily beat against it.
- Again and again and again it beat against the roof, shattering every tile it hit.
- My fists were shaking badly, and I wanted to beat on something to let out all of my anger.
- He beat on the bar with the palm of his hand then hung his head at the floor.
- She stared up at the vaulted ceiling listening to the sound of the rain beating against it.
- The sound of a girl beating on the door snaps him back to reality.
- Even the rhythmic resonance of the waves beating against the hull of a ship produces music of a different kind.
- The percussion instrument sounds like something beating against a tin roof.
- The storm continued though the night and the only thing that you could do was sit and listen to the sound of the rain beating against the castle.
- The sound of the ball beating against the ground resounded through the neighborhood.
- The sound of hoofs beating on the ground could be heard in the distance, and the small feet ran faster.
- As I drew on my reserves and got going again I was left with the pain in my quads and the sound of my feet beating against the pavement.
- Five minutes later, we were cruising down the highway with the wind beating roughly against the side of the car and ruffling our hair.
2(pulsate)(heart/pulse) latir(heart/pulse) palpitar(drum) redoblar(wings) batir
- Long after the final whistle had blown at their semi-final, the sound of drums beating and fans chanting could be heard outside the stadium.
- Her laughter was deep, right from the stomach, and it sounded like merry drums beating away.
- Then there was a sound of drums beating filling the air with its fury.
- I heard drums beating, and the sinister familiar sound of chains.
- In the quiet countryside there are rhythms of drums beating for all to hear.
- Yet the sound you now hear is so distinct in its intentions that you know it at once: war drums beating out the rhythm of impending attack.
- The drums had stopped beating and the tent flap had been closed.
- With drums beating, bands playing and bayonets fixed, they marched through the town's streets to the delight of the crowds.
- There are no drums beating from the forbidden side of the mountain.
- Drums have been beating throughout the borough's schools this term at a series of musical workshops and concerts.
- Her heart was beating wildly, and panic was rising in her stomach.
- An AED delivers a life saving electric shock that starts the heart beating and pumping again.
- Her heart started beating hard, pounding against her ribcage.
- It's the sort of night that really gets your heart beating and your pulse racing.
- In both cases doctors only have about 30 minutes after the heart stops beating to safeguard organs, by pumping a preservative fluid into the body, before it starts to degenerate.
- I could hear the sound of my own heart beating, the pulse that was pounding in my ears gradually slowing down to normal.
- In cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating effectively, blood does not circulate and no pulse can be felt.
- They claimed the heart was beating and the brain was functioning and the patient simply needed care and time to recover.
- Because of this irregular heart rhythm, your heart stops beating and can't pump blood.
- Her heart was beating wildly and her stomach lurched.
- Critical organs such as hearts, lung, kidneys and livers are only taken from donors who are brain dead and whose hearts are still beating.
- Before we had ways of testing brain activity, the test was whether the heart was beating.
- Her pulse quickened, and her heart started beating even more rapidly.
- I could feel the gentle rise and fall of his chest under my head as he breathed, and I could hear his heart beating against my ear.
- I checked my pulse and was terrified when I realized my heart was beating more than 200 times a minute.
- Most patients have only mild symptoms, such as palpitations or the sensation that their heart is beating rapidly.
- Her heart had suddenly begun to beat at an uncontrollable rate.
- If the stations are clustered together, do jumping jacks between sets to keep your heart beating at a training rate.
- He evidently has a heart the size of a horse's which beats at just 43 times per minute at rest.
- The competitors' hearts are beating at almost twice their normal rates.
1(of heart) latido masculine(of drum) golpe masculine
- Women who were washing laundry outside their houses, and talking to their neighbour about the latest village gossip, looked up in surprise at the sound of hoof beats.
- After another few minutes' silence, they heard distinct sounds of hoof beats.
- I woke to the jolting sound of hoof beats, thundering down a dirt path.
- His panther ears twitched at the sound of distant hoof beats.
- Year after year, dragon dancers in colorful costumes wildly prance around different locales, mostly shopping centers, to the loud beats of the drums.
- Dancing to the beats of the drums, the audience of all ages was on its feet.
- The beat of the drum may sound weaker in the urban setting, yet the celebration still has its special aura.
- The sound of pipes joined the beat of the drum, and the men began to sing a hearty sea shanty as the ship moved through the surf and out to sea.
- The entire group marched to the beat of the drums, while the power of their songs lifted us up the concrete trail to the center of the island.
- While some of the gatherers donned costumes, most settled on picket signs and chants, and some marched to the beat of makeshift drums.
- The beat of drums and bellow of trumpets welcomed the team behind the success of the film.
- This is a duel between two men, accompanied by the beat of the drums and gongs played by a group of elderly women.
- The beat of the drums and the sweet tenor voice of the guitar could be heard from outside the theatre.
- He tapped his foot and nodded his head in time to the beat of the drums.
- Families are invited to march to the beat of the drums from Rafters Landing to a bonfire celebration in Louise McKinney Park.
- Every paddler moves his or her oar in time with the beat of the drum.
- As the beat of the hooves fell silent in the distance the priest heard a dry laugh coming from under the bridge and he knew immediately who was there.
- Five beats of the drum were heard.
- The first few beats of the drums could be heard before Hiryu started playing on the piccolo with the guitar and keyboards.
- She heard the sound of hoof beats behind her and saw four men dressed in black.
- In essence, your heart requires fewer beats to pump the same amount of blood.
- Taking long breaths to hide the agitated beats of my thudding heart, I leaned forward more intently to analyze the picture.
- In her ears echoed the sounds of her beating heart as its beats began to grow weak and slow.
- My heart almost skipped a beat when I first walked in.
- The lone, strong voice coming from the speakers made my heart skip a beat.
- My heart skipped a beat as I realised that after such a long time, I'd be meeting her.
- Between beats, the heart relaxes and the blood seeps into the smaller vessels, much like a river flowing into its tributaries.
- Running and cycling expend 350 and 360 calories respectively, at a heart rate of 148 beats per minute
- My heart skipped about 20 beats when I realized it was Dan.
- Mean at-rest heart rates were 91 beats per minute, or normal.
- When the heart relaxes in between beats, the two ‘flaps’ of the mitral valve swing open to let blood flow from the atrium to the ventricle.
- Remember too that any physical task requiring fine motor control goes out the window as your heart rate approaches 140 beats per minute.
- Don't be alarmed if you feel your heart skipping beats - that's a normal occurrence during angiograms.
- My highest-ever heart rate was 207 beats per minute, 15 years ago.
- Some term newborns have a resting heart rate below 90 beats per minute.
- His heart rate was 120 beats per minute and his respiratory rate 18 per minute.
- Her heart rate was 105 beats per minute; otherwise her vital signs were normal.
- In an average lifetime of 70 years, the total resting time of the heart between beats is estimated to be about 40 years.
- Let's say you are 20, thus your maximal heart rate is 200 beats per minute.
- In this case, a heart rate of 70 beats per minute requires no specific intervention at this time.
2.1(rhythmic accent)tiempo masculine
- In mensural music beats fall naturally into groups of two or three with a recurring accent on the first of each group.
- Conductors became the drill sergeants of music; the beat is seen rather than heard.
- This time, focus all your attention on making a stress on the second and last beats of each bar.
- Everyone plays different beats at the same time so they really feel the rhythm through their hands and can work out where they fit in.
- When you fade one track into another, you have to hit the beats at the right moment for the sounds to segue into one another effortlessly.
- You've got to break it up into beats and just learn it.
2.2(of baton)compás masculine
- It gives you what you'd expect - strong beats, ironic raps and bizarre alter egos.
- The show is a pure play on energy, filled with funky beats and strong singing and dancing.
- There is a structure under there somewhere, with each song held together by a strong beat.
- There are hip-hop beats, beautiful vocals by various smoky-voiced female singers and there's also a modern lounge feel.
- It is not exactly a disco beat and not exactly post-punk, but lies somewhere in between the two.
- Every song is similar in that the beat has great rhythm and is very smooth.
- Usually hip-hop offers a steady beat to nod your head or tap a foot to.
- He also insists the station is changed if anything comes on that doesn't have a strong beat.
- In fact, there is nothing even remotely resembling a new sound, riff or beat.
- It was full of upbeat music, fast beats and swift rhythms.
- People were drinking, shouting, singing along to the beat of the music, and dancing.
- Honey strutted on the catwalk to the beat of the background music, smirking in her hot-pink party gown.
- My fingers started tapping against my leg to the beat of the music.
- The audiences wanted loud, full music with a lively beat.
- It had a dance beat with the synthesised sounds of wailing or sometimes heavy instruments.
- The pounding beat, uplifting crescendos and psychedelic lights had just the right effect.
- All the songs have been carefully selected for your enjoyment, from laid back sounds to a beat that makes you stand up and get into a groove.
- I'm a sucker for a pounding beat and some flashing lights.
- A rock song played in the background and the crowd thumped along to the beat.
- A new wave of young musicians appeared, adopting dance beats and electronic sounds as their main mean of expression.
3.1(of policeman)ronda feminineon the beat — de ronda
- 28 per cent said that they had never seen a police officer on the beat in their area.
- Police are putting extra patrols on the beat in Grimsby after a racist attack left an asylum seeker with serious facial injuries.
- I would put more police on the beat instead of driving round in cars or sat behind a desk.
- Police officers on the beat are now outnumbered in several areas by private security workers.
- Extra bobbies will also be on the beat to patrol trouble spots in the borough after a spate of brick attacks on buses.
- Worried residents regularly call for more bobbies on the beat, but the police already have community officers in key areas of north Kent.
- The Bishop of Bradford swapped his pulpit for the pavement when he joined a police officer on the beat.
- His first job had been on the beat as a Brooklyn policeman in 1917.
- But the danger of arming the policeman on the beat is that it would drive a wedge between the officer and the community.
- What do you think about having more police officers on the beat?
- If a rare police officer on the beat in Bradford actually saw an incident like this, he wouldn't do anything.
- Police officers on the beat are also on the lookout for underage drinkers.
- Police must be seen to be on the beat in every area where crime is known to be a problem.
- They marched out in regular formation, peeling off two by two at each main street to patrol their beats on foot.
- They will have a regular beat and get to know such people as head teachers and shopkeepers.
- One day while on his regular beat Pc Vernon dropped in to Asda in Linksway, Horwich, to have a chat with security manager Ron Jackson.
- It's harder still when there's no moral cop walking the beat to blow the whistle when things get out of control.
- He was not allowed to leave his beat or consume alcohol when on duty.
- He was the first Cheshire officer to swap his regular beat in the Knutsford area to act as an adviser in the war-torn towns of the Balkans.
- A community clinic launched by the police in Liden has been hailed as such a success that another bobby is being added to the beat to ensure crime stays down.
3.2British (in angling)coto de pesca masculine
- The beats of the Norwegian Flyfishers Club are fished on a rotational basis, giving each angler equal rights, and a maximum of four anglers per beat.
- We fished a beat that had a small narrow island about a third of the way down.
- Each beat fishes best at a different height of water.
- Following rain on Thursday, fishing conditions on the river were ideal on Friday and anglers were out on all beats of the club water.
- Not all can afford a top beat on a Scottish river when the fish are running.
4(beatnik)beatnik masculine, feminine
- Perhaps he was a Beat born too early.
- He was a beat in the 50s, met and performed with Warhol in the early 60s, was always on the edge of everything.
- It reminds me of my parents, they were beats and hippies then converted to Protestant Christianity.
1.1(exhausted)reventado informalmolido informalto be dead beat — estar reventado / molido informal
1.2(defeated)she knew she had him beat — sabía que se la había ganado
2(of beatniks)(generation/poet) (invariable adjective) beat