noun 1. a person who hits someone or something, in particular: 2. a person employed to raise game birds for shooting by striking at the ground cover. • whisky was always taken for the beaters, keepers, and loaders.
3. a person who beats metal in manufacturing. 4. [in combination] — a person who habitually hits someone • a wife-beater.
5. an implement or machine used for beating. 6. [in combination] —
‹informal› a means of defeating or preventing something
• a recession-beater.
‹informal› an old or dilapidated vehicle.