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 for Beating
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beat \Beat\ (b[=e]t), v. t. [imp. Beat; p. p. Beat,
     Beaten; p. pr. & vb. n. Beating.] [OE. beaten, beten, AS.
     be['a]tan; akin to Icel. bauta, OHG. b[=o]zan. Cf. 1st
     Butt, Button.]
     1. To strike repeatedly; to lay repeated blows upon; as, to
        beat one's breast; to beat iron so as to shape it; to beat
        grain, in order to force out the seeds; to beat eggs and
        sugar; to beat a drum.
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              Thou shalt beat some of it [spices] very small.
                                                    --Ex. xxx. 36.
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              They did beat the gold into thin plates. --Ex.
                                                    xxxix. 3.
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     2. To punish by blows; to thrash.
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     3. To scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the
        noise made by striking bushes, etc., for the purpose of
        rousing game.
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              To beat the woods, and rouse the bounding prey.
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     4. To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind.
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              A frozen continent . . . beat with perpetual storms.
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     5. To tread, as a path.
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              Pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way.
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     6. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game,
        etc.; to vanquish, defeat, or conquer; to surpass or be
        superior to.
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              He beat them in a bloody battle.      --Prescott.
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              For loveliness, it would be hard to beat that. --M.
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     7. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; -- often with
        out. [Colloq.]
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     8. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
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              Why should any one . . . beat his head about the
              Latin grammar who does not intend to be a critic?
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     9. (Mil.) To give the signal for, by beat of drum; to sound
        by beat of drum; as, to beat an alarm, a charge, a parley,
        a retreat; to beat the general, the reveille, the tattoo.
        See Alarm, Charge, Parley, etc.
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     10. to baffle or stump; to defy the comprehension of (a
         person); as, it beats me why he would do that.
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     11. to evade, avoid, or escape (blame, taxes, punishment);
         as, to beat the rap (be acquitted); to beat the sales tax
         by buying out of state.
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     To beat down, to haggle with (any one) to secure a lower
        price; to force down. [Colloq.]
     To beat into, to teach or instill, by repetition.
     To beat off, to repel or drive back.
     To beat out, to extend by hammering.
     To beat out of a thing, to cause to relinquish it, or give
        it up. "Nor can anything beat their posterity out of it to
        this day." --South.
     To beat the dust. (Man.)
         (a) To take in too little ground with the fore legs, as a
         (b) To perform curvets too precipitately or too low.
     To beat the hoof, to walk; to go on foot.
     To beat the wing, to flutter; to move with fluttering
     To beat time, to measure or regulate time in music by the
        motion of the hand or foot.
     To beat up, to attack suddenly; to alarm or disturb; as, to
        beat up an enemy's quarters.
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     Syn: To strike; pound; bang; buffet; maul; drub; thump;
          baste; thwack; thrash; pommel; cudgel; belabor; conquer;
          defeat; vanquish; overcome.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beating \Beat"ing\, n.
     1. The act of striking or giving blows; punishment or
        chastisement by blows.
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     2. Pulsation; throbbing; as, the beating of the heart.
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     3. (Acoustics & Mus.) Pulsative sounds. See Beat, n.
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     4. (Naut.) The process of sailing against the wind by tacks
        in zigzag direction.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of overcoming or outdoing [syn: beating,
      2: the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
         [syn: beating, thrashing, licking, drubbing,
         lacing, trouncing, whacking]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  216 Moby Thesaurus words for "beating":
     Waterloo, abrasion, alternate, arrhythmia, atomization, attrition,
     bang, barrage, bash, bastinado, basting, bat, battery, beat, belt,
     belting, biff, blow, bonk, brecciation, buffeting, cadenced,
     cadent, caning, chop, circling, clicking, clip, clout, clubbing,
     clump, collapse, comminution, conquering, conquest,
     corporal punishment, cowhiding, crack, crash, crumbling, crushing,
     cudgeling, cut, cyclic, dance, dash, deathblow, debacle,
     defeasance, defeat, destruction, detrition, dig, dint,
     disintegration, downfall, drub, drubbing, drum, drum music,
     drumbeat, drumfire, drumming, epochal, even, every other, failure,
     fall, flagellation, flailing, flap, flicker, flit, flitter,
     flogging, flop, flutter, fluttering, fragmentation, fusillade,
     fustigation, granulation, granulization, grating, grinding,
     heartbeat, heartthrob, hiding, hit, horsewhipping, in numbers,
     in rhythm, intermittent, isochronal, jab, knock, lacing,
     lambasting, lashing, lathering, levigation, lick, licking, mashing,
     mastery, measured, metric, metronomic, oscillatory, overcoming,
     overthrow, overturn, palpitant, palpitation, paradiddle, patter,
     pelt, periodical, pistol-whipping, pitapat, pitter-patter, plunk,
     poke, pound, pounding, powdering, pulsatile, pulsating, pulsation,
     pulsative, pulsatory, pulse, pulsing, punch, quietus, quiver, rap,
     rat-a-tat, rat-tat, rat-tat-tat, rataplan, rattattoo, rawhiding,
     reciprocal, recurrent, recurring, rhythm, rhythmic, roll, rotary,
     rout, rub-a-dub, ruff, ruffle, ruin, scourging, seasonal, serial,
     shake, shellacking, shredding, slam, slog, slug, smack, smash,
     smashing, sock, spanking, spatter, spattering, splutter,
     spluttering, sputter, sputtering, staccato, steady, strapping,
     stripes, stroke, subdual, subduing, subjugation, swat, swing,
     swingeing, swipe, switching, tat-tat, tattoo, tempo, thrashing,
     throb, throbbing, thrum, thrumming, thump, thumping, thwack,
     ticking, tom-tom, trimming, trituration, trouncing, truncheoning,
     undoing, undulant, undulatory, vanquishment, wavelike, waver,
     whack, wheeling, whipping, whop, yerk

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