Beat of a watch

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beat of a watch the stroke or sound made by the action of the escapement. A clock is in beat or out of beat, according as the stroke is at equal or unequal intervals.
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Usage

In literature:

He heard the beating of his arteries as one hears the ticking of a watch in the dark.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Howbeit she soon forgot this fancy in lazily watching a boat that, in the teeth of the gale, was beating round Alcatraz Island.
"On the Frontier" by Bret Harte
In a sudden lull of the wind sweeping over the cabin the ticking of his watch was like the beating of a tiny drum.
"The Golden Snare" by James Oliver Curwood
Henceforth it was for Henrietta only a question of minutes; and she counted them by her watch with a terrible beating of her heart.
"The Clique of Gold" by Emile Gaboriau
With a beating heart he watched the flutter of her white dress, until the vehicle was on a level with the brink of the precipice.
"The Antiquary, Volume 1" by Sir Walter Scott
With a beating heart he watched the flutter of her white dress, until the vehicle was on a level with the brink of the precipice.
"The Antiquary, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
Hid by a cluster of stunted shrubs I watched him with a heart that beat with rage, not with terror.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The doctor nodded gravely while Coquenil, with breathless interest, with a, morbid fascination, watched the beating of this red column.
"Through the Wall" by Cleveland Moffett
All that a watch actually does is to beat seconds, and to record the number of beats.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
The ticking of Father Roland's big silver watch seemed like the beating of a tiny drum.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
She watched him with a sense of growing irritability, and her heart beat with uncomfortable quickness.
"The Treasure of Heaven" by Marie Corelli
Look at the second hand of a watch, while you count the beats in your wrist or in your neck.
"The Child's Day" by Woods Hutchinson
Put a relay of physicians to watch her, and she would undoubtedly do her best to beat them.
"Fasting Girls" by William Alexander Hammond
Full half a minute they watched, hearts beating high, breath coming thick and fast, hands clinching in the intensity of their anxiety.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
Slowly, thoughtfully, he paced that beat of a rod behind his surly prisoner's back, watching the town, watching the road leading into it.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
But the occupants of the skiff were far from safe, and a dead silence fell on all as they hushed the very beating of their hearts to watch.
"The Actress' Daughter" by May Agnes Fleming
Stewart, marveling at this exhibition of German thoroughness, watched him through half-closed eyes, his heart beating a little faster.
"The Girl from Alsace" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
And with a beating heart, but firm of purpose, I watched the prince's approach.
"For the Right" by Karl Emil Franzos
It would be downright puerile to lack the courage to watch the beating of the living heart of a dead tortoise!
"The Pros and Cons of Vivisection" by Charles Richet
With a fast beating heart, she watched the water for a glimpse of the girl.
"The Missing Formula" by Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
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In poetry:

He mends his swingle-bar
And loud his curses ring;
But a mother watching afar
Hears the hum of the doctor's car
Like the beat of an angel's wings!
"Contradictions" by Rudyard Kipling
The trumpet's voice, loud and authoritative,
Draws me a moment to the lighted glass
To watch the dancers - all under twenty-five -
Solemnly on the beat of happiness.
"Reasons For Attendance" by Philip Larkin
When late I watched the arrows of the sleet
Against the windows of the Tavern beat,
I heard a Rose that murmured from her Pot:
"Why trudge thy fellows yonder in the Street?
"The Sufi In The City" by Sir Henry Newbolt
"'I ask no mercy at your hands;
I shall not whimper, but my comrade here
Is ill of fever; I have stood his watch:
Sir, if a human heart beats in your breast,
Send him to camp, or he will surely die.'
"Pauline - Part I - The Captain's Story" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Amid the beats of drum and fife, his pillow but a sod,
With folded hands and marble brow, his soul returns to God.
Some mother's boy is resting where the lonely willows weep,
And voices waft with waving trees, while angels watch him sleep.
"Some Mother's Boy" by Mary Alice Walton

In news:

For Haiti's first ever game at the Gold Cup in 2000, a crowd of almost 50,000, most of them Haitian supporters, turned up at the Orange Bowl to watch the USA beat Haiti, 3-0.
Get a sneak peek at tonight's Glee season premiere by watching New Directions perform a cover of The Go-Go's "We Got The Beat" in the school cafeteria.
As Scott Robinson watches the video of a surgeon delicately cutting the pericardial membrane while the patient's heart beats away, there's only one thing on his mind.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Two brothers accused of beating a black teenager while patrolling an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch are set to go on trial Monday in a case with similarities to the Trayvon Martin shooting.
"This beat deserves Hennessy / A bad bitch, and a bag of weed, the holy trinity," Kanye West raps on "The Joy," a bonus track from his recent Watch the Throne collaborative album with Jay-Z.
What's cool about them, as opposed to all the other online vids i regularly check out (I watch this one of my son probably 5 times a day) is that these ones were topical to my beat here at SSN.
I'm sure every sports bar in town was packed on Saturday as fans watched the Bobcats beat Stony Brook 16-10 to advance to the quarterfinals of the FCS postseason for the second year in a row.
It was a sea of scarlet and gray in Boardman as Buckeye fans watched Ohio State University beat rival Michigan with a score of 26 to 21.
"End of Watch" is a bit of a macho love letter to the beat cops of the Los Angeles Police Department.
As a pulsating techno beat booms inside a hotel ballroom in downtown Miami, dozens of spectators watch a petite redheaded MC wearing green-and-black striped tights, a lace corset, and a fake carnival barker's mustache.
Moments after they watched a parade at a theme-park in Orlando, Fla. A New Hampshire couple suspected of beating and burning the woman's 3-year-old son was arrested.
I personally have watched a ton of people try to attempt this eating competition, but nobody has beat the cinnamon yet.
So here I am watching Game 1 of the Yankees and Twins series and I have to admit it feels a tad strange to beat openly rooting for the Yankees like this…but I am.
Instead of watching the world with one eye on the beat, we make a hypothesis, find three examples of it, and call it a trend story.
One of the stranger fruits born by Music Hack Day Boston this past weekend was Heart Beats, which mashes a heart-rate-detecting watch with Max/MSP to control music's tempo with the subject's heartbeat.
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