a person or thing that beats.
an implement or device for beating something: a rug beater.
Hunting. a person who rouses or drives game from cover.
Papermaking. a machine for beating half-stuff to pulp by separating and shortening the fibers to produce a gelatinous mass.
Textiles. the reed.
Newfoundland. a young seal, usually a month to six weeks old, having completely or almost completely shed its initial white fur.

1400–50; late Middle English better. See beat, -er1 Unabridged
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beater (ˈbiːtə)
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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Main Entry:  beater
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a junky old car
Example:  That beater gets her back and forth to work.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "a person who punishes," 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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Example sentences
Beat whites until stiff and dry,-when they will fly from the beater,-and add to the first mixture.
Dilute cream with milk and beat until stiff, using an egg-beater.
He used to work as a drum-beater at funerals, but then he was injured, and now he has trouble walking.
Clearly this is not a beater for riding to the shops and back.
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