big beat

noun, often capitalized both Bs

Definition of big beat

: music (such as rock) characterized by a heavy persistent beat

Examples of big beat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Livingston dives into the ball scene of 1980s New York with an anthropologist’s eye and a big beating heart. Katie Walsh,, "Review: Before RuPaul, the documentary ‘Paris Is Burning’ illuminated drag," 3 July 2019 The intro’s heartbeat rhythm explodes into a blaring arena-pop chorus, each layer of big beat percussion and soaring backing vocals upping the cinematic stakes. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Panic! at the Disco's 10 Greatest Songs: Critic's Picks," 26 Mar. 2018 But it’s actually a big beat given very large upward revisions of 87,000 for the prior two months. James Freeman, WSJ, "Democrats Have Another Problem in New Jersey," 5 Oct. 2018 Walmart just put Amazon on notice: The big-box giant reported impressive second-quarter results with a big beat, showing a rise of 4.5 percent in U.S. comparable over a year earlier. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Inside Facebook’s plan to protect the 2018 elections," 17 Aug. 2018 The theater will be screening the franchise’s big beats over a period of 19 hours. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ryan Kost’s off-the-radar picks, week of April 22," 20 Apr. 2018 Analysts said fourth-quarter free cash flow was also a big beat, while the difficulties around its A400M military-transport model are well contained. Beth Mellor,, "Airbus Gain Is Dalio Loss After Billionaire Makes Bearish Bets," 15 Feb. 2018 Via kits and synths, drums boom with bigger-than-big beats. Jim Fusilli, WSJ, "‘Colors’ by Beck Review: Updating Bright ‘60s Rock," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of big beat

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Big beat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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