(Beast"ings) n. pl. See Biestings.
(Beast"li*head) n. [Beastly + -head state.] Beastliness. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Beast"like") a. Like a beast.
(Beast"li*ness), n. The state or quality of being beastly.
1. Pertaining to, or having the form, nature, or habits of, a beast.
Beastly divinities and droves of gods.
2. Characterizing the nature of a beast; contrary to the nature and dignity of man; brutal; filthy.
The beastly vice of drinking to excess.
3. Abominable; as, beastly weather. [Colloq. Eng.]
Syn. Bestial; brutish; irrational; sensual; degrading.
(Beat) v. t. [imp. Beat; p. p. Beat, Beaten ; p. pr. & vb. n. Beating.] [OE. beaten, beten,
AS. beátan; akin to Icel. bauta, OHG. bzan. 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.
Thou shalt beat some of it [spices] very small.
Ex. xxx. 36.
They did beat the gold into thin plates.
Ex. xxxix. 3.
2. To punish by blows; to thrash.
3. To scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the noise made by striking bushes, etc., for the
purpose of rousing game.
To beat the woods, and rouse the bounding prey.
4. To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind.
A frozen continent . . . beat with perpetual storms.
5. To tread, as a path.
Pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way.
6. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish or conquer; to surpass.
He beat them in a bloody battle.
For loveliness, it would be hard to beat that.
7. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; often with out. [Colloq.]
8. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
Why should any one . . . beat his head about the Latin grammar who does not intend to be a critic?