What is Beat?

Legal Definition
n. In some of the southern states (as Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina) the principal legal subdivision of a county, corresponding to towns or townships in other states; or a voting precinct WUliams v. Pearson, 38 Ala. 308.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
v. In the criminal law and law of torts, with reference to assault and battery, this term includes any unlawful physical violence offered to another. See Battery. In other connections, it is understood in a more restricted sense, and includes only the infliction of one or more blows. Regina v. Hale, 2 Car. & K. 327; Com. v. McClellan, 101 Mass. 35; State v. Harrigan, 4 Penne-wlll (Del.) 129, 55 Atl. 5.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
To strike with successive blows.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary