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beat noun

1 rhythm

ADJ. regular, rhythmic, steady | pounding

VERB + BEAT clap to, dance to, sway to They danced to the rhythmic beat of the music.

PHRASES two, three, four, etc. beats to the bar The piece has four beats to the bar. | sb's heart misses/skips a beat (= sb feels very nervous) As I opened the letter, my heart missed a beat.

2 of a police officer

VERB + BEAT pound, walk We have two officers walking the beat after midnight.

PREP. on the ~ officers on the beat