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noun [countable] beat pronunciation in British English /biːt/
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  1. 1
    the series of regular sounds or movements as your heart pumps blood around your body
    I could feel the beat of his heart.
    1. a.
      one of the regular sounds or movements of your heart
      a heart rate of 65 beats a minute
      miss/skip a beat: Her heart seemed to miss a beat.
  2. 2
    [usually singular] music the main pattern of sounds in a piece of music, or the strongest sounds in this pattern
    music with a slow pulsating beat
    1. a.
      a single regular sound or a series of regular sounds, especially of two things hitting together
      the sound of a single drum beat
      beat of: the beat of horses’ hooves
    2. b.
      music a unit of measurement for a piece of music. Each bar has a particular number of beats
      A waltz has three beats in a bar.
  3. 3
    [usually singular] an area that a police officer has responsibility for and must walk around regularly
    walk/pound/patrol the beat: The two officers used to walk the beat together.
    on the beat (=walking around an area): We intend to increase the number of police on the beat.


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