beat·er | \ˈbē-tər \

Definition of beater 

1 : one that beats: such as

a : eggbeater

b : a rotary blade attached to an electric mixer

c : drumstick sense 1

2 : one who strikes bushes or other cover to rouse game

3 : a dilapidated old automobile : clunker

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Synonyms & Antonyms for beater


conqueror, master, subduer, trimmer, vanquisher, victor, whipper, winner



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Examples of beater in a Sentence

driving a rusty old beater he drives a beater that just barely runs

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The Cougars knocked off San Diego State in the opening round before falling short of a trip to the Sweet 16 on a buzzer-beater to Michigan. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "Chris Pezman: ‘We want Sampson to finish career’ at UH," 25 June 2018 Nobody’s going to label Russia world-beaters, and most understand what Putin–a hockey fan–is after. Brian Straus,, "Russia's World Cup Opener Alters Its Narrative, Changes Its Outlook, Pleases Putin," 14 June 2018 Woman-beaters, murderers and drug addicts have played in the NFL. Bill Livingston,, "The Cavaliers, the Warriors, and MLK Day's 'statement' game: Bill Livingston (photos)," 15 Jan. 2018 Produced in the same factory since 1919, the KitchenAid stand mixer is a relentless kneader of dough, beater of batter, and whisker of eggs. Michael Stilwell, Popular Mechanics, "Made in the USA: One Awesome Thing Built in Each State," 29 June 2017 In another large bowl, with electric mixer on medium (no need to wash beaters), beat remaining 1 1/3 cups sugar, the orange peel and juice, oil, egg yolks and orange extract until well blended. Woman's Day, "Easter Orange-Chiffon Cake," 30 Dec. 2011 Despite making his only 3-point attempt (a desperation, shot-clock buzzer-beater), playing around the rim with his quick footwork and deft touch remains the biggest strength of the 6-foot-8, 244-pound third-team All-Big Ten selection. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Can Michigan State's Xavier Tillman, Nick Ward stay on floor together?," 12 July 2018 Overtime was just as close, but not quite as crazy (as in there was no buzzer-beater). Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Confetti dropped too early in chaotic 76ers-Celtics Game 3," 5 May 2018 The friends vow in their youth to become world-beaters, but only two grow up to find fame. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Chronicle: The Feminist Circle of Life," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of beater

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

: an old car that is in poor condition

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one that holds something together

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