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beater

[bee-ter] /ˈbi tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that beats.
2.
an implement or device for beating something:
a rug beater.
3.
Hunting. a person who rouses or drives game from cover.
4.
Papermaking. a machine for beating half-stuff to pulp by separating and shortening the fibers to produce a gelatinous mass.
5.
Textiles. the reed.
6.
Newfoundland. a young seal, usually a month to six weeks old, having completely or almost completely shed its initial white fur.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English better. See beat, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for beaters

beater

/ˈbiːtə/
noun
1.
a person who beats or hammers: a panel beater
2.
an instrument or device used for beating: a carpet beater
3.
a person who rouses wild game from woodland, undergrowth, etc
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Word Origin and History for beaters

beater

n.

mid-14c., "an implement for beating;" mid-15c., "a person who punishes" (c.1200 as a surname); agent noun from beat (v.). Of various mechanical devices that "beat" in some sense from early 17c. Meaning "one who rouses game" is from 1825. Slang meaning "old car" is from c.1980.

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Slang definitions & phrases for beaters

beater

noun

A car, esp an old and junky one: when he's stolen the beater off the streets (1980s+)

Related Terms

eggbeater, gum-beater, world-beater


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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