Beat, beats or beating may refer to:

Common meanings

Assigned activity or area

  • Patrol, an area (usually geographic) that one is responsible to monitor, including:
  • Beat (police), the territory and time that a police officer patrols
  • Beat reporting, a subject of coverage by a journalist
  • Forest beat, in forestry administration, a divisional sub unit of a Forest range
  • Gay beat, an area frequented by men who have sex with men for the purpose of casual sex

    Hitting or physical violence

  • Assault, when distinguished from battery, the crime of attempting to physically attack another
  • Battery (crime), the crime of physically attacking another
  • Corporal punishment, punishment inflicted by physical assault
  • Strike (attack), repeatedly striking a person or object

    Prevail or win

  • Victory to win, outdo, outfox or otherwise achieve a victory over another (or the odds)

    People with the name

  • Beat (name), a German male given name
  • Jackie Beat (born 1963) on stage drag persona
  • Aone Beats (born 1984) Nigerian record producer
  • Billy Beats (1871-1936) British soccer player
  • Cohen Beats (born 1986) Israeli record producter
  • Eno Beats (born 1991) Ugandan record producer
  • Laxio Beats (born 1987) Ghanaian record producer
  • Mizz Beats, UK record producer
  • Rico Beats, U.S. record producer

    Arts, entertainment, and media

    Fictional entities

  • Beat, a character from Eternal Sonata
  • Beat, a character from Jet Set Radio
  • Beat, a character from Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance and The World Ends with You
  • Beat, a robot bird in the Mega Man series


  • Beat (1997 film), a 1997 South Korean gangster film
  • Beat (1998 film), a 1998 Japanese film
  • Beat (2000 film), a film about writer William Seward Burroughs
  • Beats (2019 Scottish film), a 2019 Scottish film directed by Brian Welsh
  • Beats (2019 American film), a 2019 American film directed by Chris Robinson



  • Beat (band), a Finnish band, who formed in 1979
  • The Beat (British band), a ska band, who formed in 1978, from Birmingham


  • Beat (Bowery Electric album), a 1996 album
  • Beat (King Crimson album), a 1982 album

    Music channels

  • Beats 1, an internet music radio station operated by Apple Inc.
  • Beats Music, Apple Inc. music streaming service
  • MTV Beats, music television channel of India
  • The Beat 99.9 FM, Lagos, Nigeria; a music radio station
  • Beat 102 103 (FM-102 & FM-103), Irish radio station

    Other uses in music

  • Beat (acoustics), volume fluctuations due to interference between sounds of different frequencies
  • Beat (music), the basic time unit or pulse in a piece of music representing one moment in time, or a segment of rhythm or cadence
  • "Beat" (song), 2005, by Kaela Kimura
  • Beat music, a rock music genre that developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1960s
  • Drum beat
  • Pulse (music), in music and music theory, beats in a (repeating) series of identical yet distinct periodic short-duration stimuli perceived as points in time occurring at the mensural level

    Other uses in arts, entertainment, and media

  • Beat (filmmaking), the smallest unit of dramatic action in a play
  • Beat, an intentional pause for emphasis in comic timing
  • Beat Generation, writers of beat poetry and other beat literature
  • Beat Museum, San Francisco, California, USA; a museum about the Beat Generation literature
  • Beats (video game), a 2007 video game for PlayStation Portable
  • Beat 'em up (video game genre)
  • Directorial beat, an exchange of behavior between characters in a script
  • Unit of action, also called a beat

    Brands and enterprises

  • Beat (drink), a drink manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company in Mexico
  • Beats Electronics, American producer of audio products, such as the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones


  • Beat, a model of the Japanese Daiichi Kosho Whisper paramotor
  • Chevrolet Beat, a concept car providing the basis for the Daewoo Matiz M300
  • Chevrolet Beat, the version of the Chevrolet Spark localized for the Indian market
  • Honda Beat, a 1991–1996 roadster
  • Honda FC50, a 50cc motor scooter also called "The Beat"
  • Beat (app), a ride-hailing app with operations in Europe and Latin America.

    Other uses

  • Beat (charity), a British charity that supports people with eating disorders
  • Beat, a time unit of Swatch Internet Time
  • Beating against the wind, a sailing manoeuvre using tacking to travel upwind