beater

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

Definition of beater

1 : one that beats: such as
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 In 2016, Koenig's memorable buzzer-beater sent No. 2 seed Xavier to its demise in the second round. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Wisconsin takes down undefeated Kentucky in 2015 Final Four," 15 May 2020 His long-distance buzzer-beater proved key in the Warriors’ 108-95 win at Memphis on May 15, 2015, that ended that Western Conference semifinal series in six games. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "May 15, 2015: Steph Curry hits 62-footer, Warriors eliminate Grizzlies," 15 May 2020 During his sophomore year in high school, in 1963, his best friend, Dave McClain, purchased a beater 1955 Dodge, which became their ticket to freedom. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The Godfather of Montana’s Bighorn River," 28 Apr. 2020 The last regular-season meeting between the teams was in December 2011, when Christian Watford's buzzer-beater downed the No. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Mark Cuban tries to rekindle IU-Kentucky rivalry with John Calipari," 14 Apr. 2020 Lillard became the first player in NBA history to score 50 or more points and make a game-winning buzzer-beater in the same playoff game. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Trail Blazers Classics: Damian Lillard’s legend grows with another buzzer-beater as Portland waves goodbye to Oklahoma City," 13 Apr. 2020 Two of the best teams in Indiana, a great crowd, a buzzer-beater ending and many in-game battles to watch for. David J. Kim, Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "The best of the preps: What stood out to us from this high school basketball season," 24 Mar. 2020 From state championships, record-breaking performances and buzzer-beaters, there was no shortage of thrilling moments in Cincinnati prep sports in the 2019-20 school year. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Northern Kentucky high school sports: 10 best moments from 2019-20 season," 20 Mar. 2020 Winston made a buzzer-beater at the end of the first half against Iowa on Tuesday didn’t count. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "The anatomy of Cassius Winston's stunning 60-foot shot for Michigan State: 'Unbelievable'," 1 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of beater

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Beater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beater. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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beater

noun
How to pronounce beater (audio)

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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