Swipe vs Beat - What's the difference?

swipe | beat |

As verbs the difference between swipe and beat

is that swipe is to steal or snatch while beat is .

As a noun swipe

is (countable) a quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; a sweep.




  • To steal or snatch.
  • Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
  • * 1968 , , 00:48:18:
  • "Maybe I could swipe some Tintex from the five-and-dime."
  • To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
  • He swiped his card at the door.
  • To grab or bat quickly.
  • The cat swiped at the shoelace.


  • (countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
  • (countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
  • (countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
  • Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.
  • (uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
  • Anagrams




    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) beten, from (etyl) ). Compare (etyl) batre, (etyl) battre.


    (en noun)
  • A stroke; a blow.
  • * Dryden
  • He, with a careless beat , / Struck out the mute creation at a heat.
  • A pulsation or throb.
  • a beat''' of the heart; the '''beat of the pulse
  • A pulse on the beat level, the metric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Thus a beat is the basic time unit of a piece.
  • A rhythm.
  • (music) A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament.
  • The interference between two tones of almost equal frequency
  • A short pause in a play, screenplay, or teleplay, for dramatic or comedic effect.
  • The route patrolled by a police officer or a guard.
  • to walk the beat
  • *
  • (by extension) An area of a person's responsibility, especially
  • # In journalism, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business etc.).
  • (dated) A place of habitual or frequent resort.
  • (archaic) A low cheat or swindler.
  • ''a dead beat
  • The instrumental portion of a piece of hip-hop music.
  • Derived terms
    * afterbeat * backbeat, back beat * beat the meat * D-beat * deadbeat * downbeat * drumbeat * forebeat * heartbeat * inbeat * misbeat * offbeat * onbeat * outbeat * underbeat * upbeat * walk the beat
    See also
    * (piece of hip-hop music) track


  • To hit; to knock; to pound; to strike.
  • As soon as she heard that Wiktionary was shutting down, she went into a rage and beat the wall with her fists until her knuckles bled.
  • * {{quote-news, date = 21 August 2012
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  • To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm.
  • He danced hypnotically while she beat the atabaque.
  • To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
  • * Bible, Judges xix. 22
  • The men of the city beat at the door.
  • * Dryden
  • Rolling tempests vainly beat below.
  • * Longfellow
  • They [winds] beat at the crazy casement.
  • * Bible, Jonath iv. 8
  • The sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Public envy seemeth to beat chiefly upon ministers.
  • To move with pulsation or throbbing.
  • * Byron
  • A thousand hearts beat happily.
  • To win against; to defeat or overcome; to do better than, outdo, or excel (someone) in a particular, competitive event.
  • Jan had little trouble beating John in tennis. He lost five games in a row.
    No matter how quickly Joe finished his test, Roger always beat him.
    I just can't seem to beat the last level of this video game.
  • (nautical) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
  • To strike (water, foliage etc.) in order to drive out game; to travel through (a forest etc.) for hunting.
  • * 1955 , (Robin Jenkins), The Cone-Gatherers , Canongate 2012, p. 81:
  • The part of the wood to be beaten for deer sloped all the way from the roadside to the loch.
  • To mix food in a rapid fashion. Compare whip.
  • Beat the eggs and whip the cream.
  • (transitive, UK, In haggling for a price) of a buyer, to persuade the seller to reduce a price
  • He wanted $50 for it, but I managed to beat him down to $35.
  • (nonstandard)
  • * 1825? , "Hannah Limbrick, Executed for Murder", in The Newgate Calendar: comprising interesting memoirs of the most notorious characters , page 231:
  • Thomas Limbrick, who was only nine years of age, said he lived with his mother when Deborah was beat : that his mother throwed her down all along with her hands; and then against a wall
  • To indicate by beating or drumming.
  • to beat''' a retreat''; ''to '''beat to quarters
  • To tread, as a path.
  • * Blackmore
  • pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way
  • To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
  • * John Locke
  • Why should any one beat his head about the Latin grammar who does not intend to be a critic?
  • To be in agitation or doubt.
  • * Shakespeare
  • to still my beating mind
  • To make a sound when struck.
  • The drums beat .
  • (military) To make a succession of strokes on a drum.
  • The drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
  • To sound with more or less rapid alternations of greater and less intensity, so as to produce a pulsating effect; said of instruments, tones, or vibrations, not perfectly in unison.
  • Derived terms
    * beat a retreat * beat down * beat off * beater * beat about the bush * beat senseless * beat somebody to the punch * beat some sense into * beat the clock * beat the pants off * beat to quarters * beat up * beat to a pulp * bebeat * forbeat * inbeat * misbeat * overbeat * tobeat * underbeat * wife-beater


    (en adjective)
  • (US slang) exhausted
  • After the long day, she was feeling completely beat .
  • dilapidated, beat up
  • Dude, you drive a beat car like that and you ain’t gonna get no honeys.
  • (gay slang) fabulous
  • Her makeup was beat!
  • (slang) boring
  • (slang, of a person) ugly
  • Synonyms
    * See also

    Etymology 2

    From (beatnik)


    (en noun)
  • A beatnik.
  • Derived terms
    * beat generation


    * DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130493465.