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beater Line breaks: beat¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈbiːtə/

Definition of beater in English:


1A person who hits someone or something, in particular:
1.1A person employed to raise game birds for shooting by striking at the ground cover: whisky was always taken for the beaters, keepers, and loaders
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  • As employing beaters for driven shoots is expensive, there has been a big rise in ‘walked-up’ shoots, when a small group of gunmen walk across land and drive their own birds up into the air.
  • A detachment of young peasants had been designated as beaters.
  • Professional beaters will be called in by Bradford Council to drive birds on to privately-owned adjoining moors where grouse shoots still take place.
1.2A person who beats metal in manufacturing.
Example sentences
  • After the war he was engaged for about nine years in mining and then entered the rolling-mill at Leechburg, where he was a beater for eight years.
1.3 [in combination] A person who habitually hits someone: a wife-beater
2An implement or machine used for beating.
Example sentences
  • Once dry, it was again collected on drays, and back it went to the mill to be fed through a machine with wooden beaters, called a scutcher.
  • Fire-fighting tools such as beaters and knapsack sprayers should be to hand and ready to use.
  • A helicopter was placed on standby to assist as steady winds fanned the flames despite firefighters and National Park officials directing six hosereel jets on to the fire and beating out hotspots with rubber beaters.
3 [in combination] informal A means of defeating or preventing something: a recession-beater
4North American informal An old or dilapidated vehicle.
Example sentences
  • I have a Lincoln LS that Claudia drives most of the time, and then I have an old beater Lumina van that I chase parts in.
  • He drove 25 miles to Sioux Falls, where a family friend spotted the old beater and called the police.
  • Got back in the car, started their car again, which is a bit of an old beater, and it backfired, apparently.

Words that rhyme with beater

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