• WordNet 3.6
    • n deadbeat someone who fails to meet a financial obligation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • deadbeat dĕd"bēt` a loafer, sponger, or swindler; especially, one who does not pay his debts. Same as Beat n., 7.
    • a Deadbeat (Physics) Making a beat without recoil; giving indications by a single beat or excursion; -- said of galvanometers and other instruments in which the needle or index moves to the extent of its deflection and stops with little or no further oscillation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deadbeat Making successive movements with intervals of rest and no recoil; free from oscillatory movement.
    • n deadbeat A dead-beat escapement.
    • n deadbeat See dead beat , under beat, n.
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  • A.L. Williams
    A.L. Williams
    “You can give in to the failure messages and be a bitter deadbeat of excuses. Or you can choose to be happy and positive and excited about life.”


In literature:

We were born to that, and most of us would feel like deadbeats if we were doing nothing.
"The Shuttle" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Can't see why the bosses let two deadbeats like you and your partner have the contract!
"The Girl From Keller's" by Harold Bindloss
I'm a social deadbeat.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
The man's been a deadbeat for years.
"Class of '29" by Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
You are a hypocrite and a deadbeat.
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
The bartender, accepting the situation as generally inclusive, put his hands up along with his deadbeat patrons.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
If the deadbeat who made the deal with me wants it back, all he has to do is to produce the money.
"The Gold Trail" by Harold Bindloss
A deadbeat makes me sick!
"Rippling Rhymes" by Walt Mason
Go along with your old guard, and pick up them deadbeats and sneaks, that don't want to go back at all.
"Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6) The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys" by John McElroy
The advance guard of deadbeats yelled derisively.
"Menotah" by Ernest G. Henham

In poetry:

A rough old, tough old nut of an old-style hard-case skipper
As ever cracked on sail in a racing Melbourne clipper,
And hung on to his topsails in bad weather off the Horn,
And made a crew of deadbeats wish they never had been born.
"Old Stormy" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Groups challenge process of jailing deadbeat parents.
Senate race is too close to call and so is the argument about who is the bigger deadbeat .
It was a memorable publicity campaign, the state's top deadbeat parents displayed most-wanted-style on a poster, with the amount they owed their children emblazoned beneath a mug shot.
Deadbeat bosses in Alberta will now be outed on a new government website if they don't pay their employees.
My Daughter's Deadbeat "Gamer" Boyfriend Is Living Off Of Us – Daily Dilemma.
Too bad some county officials don't care about deadbeat citizens paying their fines.
Bitter Mothers Are Just as Bad as Deadbeat Dads.
Digging out from damage caused by 'deadbeat' husband.
Walsh's son talks about 'deadbeat dad' ads.
Senate race is too close to call and so is the argument about who is the bigger deadbeat.
"Deadbeat Summer" by Neon Indian.
Deadbeat' Illinois serves as a warning for Washington.
The dictionary defines "deadbeat" as someone who deliberately avoids paying their bills.
Deadbeat dads targeted at casinos.
As a Social Security-collecting 63-year-old, I really thought it was not too much to hope for that I could finish my life without ever being classified as a deadbeat.

In science:

A geometric generalization of the discrete-time linear deadbeat control problem is studied.
Deadbeat control: construction via sets
The proposed method to generate a deadbeat tracker for a given nonlinear system is constructive and makes use of sets that can be computed iteratively.
Deadbeat control: construction via sets
For demonstration, derivations of deadbeat feedback law and tracker dynamics are provided for various example systems.
Deadbeat control: construction via sets
In this paper we present a procedure to construct a deadbeat tracker from system (3) provided that certain conditions (Assumption 1 and Assumption 2) hold.
Deadbeat control: construction via sets
The following criterion, known as Popov-Belevitch-Hautus (PBH) test, is an elegant tool for checking (deadbeat) controllability.
Deadbeat control: construction via sets