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 for beater


clunker, crate, jalopy, junker

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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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Less than three months ago, coach Vic Schaefer and the women’s basketball team lost on a buzzer beater in the national championship game—a second consecutive national runner-up finish. Ross Dellenger,, "How Mississippi State Baseball Turned a Season That Began in Humiliation Into a Trip to Omaha," 15 June 2018 Judges scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 8; Bruno: 8 Arike Ogunbowale & Gleb Savchenko Salsa Notre Dame basketball player Arike shot two buzzer beaters in the national championship tournament. Amy Watts,, "'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Athletes season kicks off with double elimination," 2 May 2018 Franklin lost only one league game and two games overall, with the league loss coming on a half-court buzzer beater by Nelson. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Franklin's Max Alba named Co-Player of the Year in Southeast Conference," 21 Mar. 2018 This is how the first half ended: .@TheofficialEG10 with the coast-to-coast buzzer-beater at the half! Sarah Todd,, "NBA Shootaround: Warriors-Cavaliers rematch is set after Kevin Durant leads Golden State past Rockets, Nick Young is ready to turn up," 29 May 2018 With a 7-0 lead before Albany could get a clean look on net, Yale survived a second-quarter burst from the Great Danes and extended its lead to 12-5 at the half with a buzzer-beater., "Yale Lacrosse Defeats Albany, 20-11, To Advance To Title Game," 26 May 2018 Ginobili snuck up behind Harden while the All-Star guard attempted to tie the game with a buzzer-beater. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Humble Ginobili refuses to take a bow," 16 Mar. 2018 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

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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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