beat·​er | \ ˈbē-tər How to pronounce beater (audio) \

Definition of beater

1 : one that beats: such as
a : eggbeater
b : a rotary blade attached to an electric mixer
2 : one who strikes bushes or other cover to rouse game
3 : a dilapidated old automobile : clunker

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Examples of beater in a Sentence

driving a rusty old beater he drives a beater that just barely runs
Recent Examples on the Web Diggins-Smith electrified fans with a game-winning buzzer beater against the Connecticut Sun last season after Phoenix had blown a double-digit lead. Erica L. Ayala, New York Times, "The Biggest W.N.B.A. Free-Agency Moves," 1 Feb. 2021 But the impact of thousands of fans reacting in person to a buzzer-beater — or a walk-off home run or go-ahead touchdown — proved difficult to replicate. Matt Kawahara,, "‘One freaking weird year’ revealed what sports is like without human closeness," 2 Jan. 2021 The 2017-2018 elite eight squad had Keenan Evans, who notably hit a buzzer-beater against Texas in overtime and averaged 17.6 PPG throughout the season. Dallas News, "3 things that need to happen for Texas Tech to make a run in the NCAA Tournament: getting to the stripe is key for the Red Raiders’ success," 18 Jan. 2021 The vacuum left by the retirement of Alex Ferguson in 2013 turned United from world-beater into a permanent rebuilding project. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Premier League’s Plucky Outsider: Manchester United," 15 Jan. 2021 Mathews’ dramatic buzzer beater against UCLA last year provided a memorable moment to finish the season. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "USC opens men’s basketball season with rebuilt roster and plenty of optimism," 24 Nov. 2020 D’Ambrosio showed us Kemba Walker’s buzzer-beater in 2011. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Joe D’s voice painted a picture of a UConn athletics transformation," 30 Dec. 2020 This more powerful Professional model is extremely similar: both mixers have 10 different speed settings and come with 5-quart, stainless-steel bowls, plus a dough hook, a flat beater and a wire whip. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "KitchenAid's holy grail mixer is at its lowest price ever for Black Friday 2020," 31 Oct. 2020 Edinburgh teammate Chase Littlejohn nailed a trio of shots behind the arc, continuing a hot start that included a game-winning buzzer-beater last weekend against Johnson County rival Indian Creek. Rob Peeters, The Indianapolis Star, "Indy-area High School Basketball Roundup, Dec. 4," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of beater

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Beater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beater

: a device or tool that is used for beating something
: someone who repeatedly hits another person
US, informal : an old car that is in poor condition

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