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To beat time

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To beat time to measure or regulate time in music by the motion of the hand or foot.
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Quotations

  • Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    “Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”
  • Lou Brock
    Lou Brock
    “Show me a guy who is afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.”

Usage

In literature:

At time of sunset home he came, but not to beat his beautiful daughter.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
It were mere loss of time to beat now the waste fields of the Protestant controversy.
"Education and the Higher Life" by J. L. Spalding
Of course I had no time to grin, as I had my time to beat.
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed
This gave the boy he was beating time to recover himself, and once more Vane was attacked behind and had to turn again.
"The Weathercock" by George Manville Fenn
Now was the time, therefore, to beat our retreat, and we hurried back to the fort with an account of what we had seen.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
We shall then be well in with Plymouth by the time she can manage to beat up to us.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
I own that my heart was beating tolerably quickly all the time, but I tried to look as brave as a lion.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
I sprang back, and Solon, seeing that I was safe, beat his retreat before the fellow had time to strike him.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The drum was not beat, for the man had not time to get his drum.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
Their beats adjoined each other and there were times when they met and could exchange a few words to break the monotony of the long grind.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
I was caught both times and beat near to death.
"Blue Lights" by R.M. Ballantyne
Of course you had to beat him, but the sport was in coming in ahead of your own time.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
The next time I counted the full thousand, as slowly as I could, my heart beating so as to hurt me.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
Captain Hardy," he said, "we beat you to it this time.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
The contest seemed for the time to depend on strength of lung, and our boys certainly beat them at shouting.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Dey had to stay dar an' wuk all de time, an' if dey didn't wuk he had 'em beat.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
There was plenty of time to prepare; for the tide was out, and the "Drake," beating down a narrow channel, made but slow headway.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
At the usual evening hour the chapel bell began to toll, and Thomas Newcome's hands outside the bed feebly beat time.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VI (of X)--Great Britain and Ireland IV" by Various
As for the second time she approached Slabtown, her heart began to beat a little faster, but the newborn courage did not fail her now.
"The Torch Bearer" by I. T. Thurston
It will take us all our time to beat him.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
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In poetry:

"It beats not as of old when wed
To that sweet calm of early prime;
Thou strugglest, with no lights ahead,
And in the currents of thy time.
"Grasmere" by Alexander Anderson
LONG time his pulse hath ceased to beat
But benefits, his gift, we trace—
Expressed in every eye we meet
Round this dear Vale, his native place.
"Address To The Scholars Of The Village School Of ---" by William Wordsworth
Another star 'neath Time's horizon dropped,
To gleam o'er unknown lands and seas;
Another heart that beat for freedom stopped,--
What mournful words are these!
"To The Memory Of Hood" by James Russell Lowell
Because those innocents I then abus'd,
The fiends in hell my tortur'd soul distress,
Worse than a tanner, any time, is us'd
To beat those hides he fully means to dress.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
And beat true time to your sweet voice's measure;
It bears your name, it lives but for your pleasure:
What will you give me for this heart I bring,
That holds my life, my joy, my everything?
"The Offering" by Edith Nesbit
Thou silent song, thou ever voiceless rhyme,
Is there no pulse to move thee,
At windy dawn, with a wild heart beating time,
And falling tears above thee,
O music stifled from the ears that love thee?
"To The Beloved--A Lament" by Alice Meynell

In news:

Eric Breitenstein carried the ball 23 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns to help Wofford beat The Citadel 24-21 Saturday in a Southern Conference showdown.
Mike Minor won for just the second time in 12 starts and the Atlanta Braves overcame 104- degree heat to beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Saturday.
No 18 Nebraska overcomes double- digit deficit in 2nd half for 4th time to beat Penn St 32-23.
0Bright Dike scored just before halftime and the Portland Timbers beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 Friday night to get consecutive wins for the first time this season.
Dallas ended up beating the Bengals, 20-19, on a 40-yard Dan Bailey field goal as time expired to improve to 7-6 and stay in the thick of the NFC playoff hunt.
Add half the powered sugar, a little at a time, beating well after each addition until mixture is stiff enough to stand in peaks.
Robbie Gould kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired as the Chicago Bears rallied twice in the fourth quarter to beat the Carolina Panthers 23-22 on Sunday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Robbie Gould kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired as the Chicago Bears rallied twice in the fourth quarter to beat the Carolina Panthers 23-22 on Sunday.
Mike Minor won for just the second time in 12 starts and the Atlanta Braves overcame 104-degree heat to beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Saturday.
Rajon Rondo had 20 assists for the second time this season and added 6 points to help the host Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors, 107-89, on Saturday.
All of the inmates in that unit, along with any employees and guards who were near the incident, are being questioned by the GBI GBI agents say they do not believe a weapon was used to beat Holder at this time.
Ravens wake up just in time to beat Chargers.
Veteran cyclist Sheryl Duncan, 47, is always striving to beat her previous time and trying to hang on to the faster bunches of riders.
Ivan Zamorano scored in the fifth minute and Internazionale of Milan went on to beat Lazio of Rome, 3-0, last night in Paris to win the UEFA Cup for the third time in 10 years.
The Times' beat writer for the Lakers tries to find direction in a season that has taken wrong turns.
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In science:

In fact, it has been shown, that a path change in the Hamiltonian space can be used to beat certain counterexamples in which the standard, linear-path QAC requires exponential time to run.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
So, the selfhomodyne method with delay time τ is used to obtain the beat signal with 3 dB linewidth of 400 MHz (detected by an APD) and its power spectral density is shown in the inset of Fig. 2 (a).
Truly Random Number Generation Based on Measurement of Phase Noise of Laser
Due to the shortness of our typical photometric sequences, there may also be multiperiodic pulsators among our null-detections, unidentified simply because their periods happened to be canceling each other out in a beat phase at the short time they were observed.
A survey for pulsating subdwarf B stars with the Nordic Optical Telescope
Fig. 2. (Color online) (a) The laser phase (detection background) noise of the laser field is observed at 1.4 mA (0 mA), while the threshold current is 1.3 mA. (b) Autocorrelation function of the beat signal vs time delay (red line corresponds to autocorrelation of 0.01).
Truly random number generation via entropy amplification
Fig. 2. (Color online) (a) The laser phase (detection background) noise of the laser field is observed at 1.4 mA (0 mA), while the threshold current is 1.3 mA. (b) Autocorrelation function of the beat signal vs time delay (red line corresponds to autocorrelation of 0.01).
Truly random number generation via entropy amplification
Time has been rescaled with the period 1/f of the signal which corresponds to the beating frequency of flagella.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
Kavira j et al. 2007; Trager et al. 2008)? Finally, a new cluster SN search at z ∼ 0.5 of sufficient size to beat down the current SN rate uncertainties would allow for finer discernment of the late time DTD shape.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
When tuning the strings by comparing their difference in pitch, it is not difficult to tell whether two strings are different in frequency by as little as a fraction of one hertz, because the beats can be heard within a second of time interval.
Music in Terms of Science
Meter pertains to the organization of musical time, constituting the basic scheme of accents in a composition; specifically, to the arrangement of musical beats in units of time known as “measures”.
Music in Terms of Science
Simple and compound time refers to the division of the beat.
Music in Terms of Science
For the convenience of identifying the time (or meter) signature, it is customary to beam any notes faster than the quarter note together as nearly as possible by beat.
Music in Terms of Science
Noteworthy here is that the even number times (such as 4/4 and 2/4) are easy to walk to, dance to, or march to because you always end up with the same foot hitting the floor on a strong beat.
Music in Terms of Science
What is amazing here is the fact that when listening to music, our brains are perceiving the tones as a single entity within a defined pattern, where how many times particular notes are sounded, whether they appear in strong or weak beats, and how long they last, are kept track of (without our conscious awareness).
Music in Terms of Science
We could rely on these fast metronome beats of frequency ω to define units of time only if we can be sure the laser output frequency is drift-free—that is, free from physical changes to the laser that are too small to control or measure.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
At this time US and Soviets were the two players in this “game” and each side wanted to beat the other, there are several historic reasons why the arms race started, but basically the US wanted to show the Soviets that if they attacked in any possible case, US would always have enough weapons to attack back.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
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