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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. someone who fails to meet a financial obligation;
[syn: defaulter, deadbeat]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

dead beat \dead` beat"\ (d[e^]d`b[=e]t"), deadbeat \dead"beat`\(d[e^]d"b[=e]t`). a loafer, sponger, or swindler; especially, one who does not pay his debts. Same as Beat, n., 7. [Low, U.S.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Deadbeat \Dead"beat`\, a. (Physics) Making a beat without recoil; giving indications by a single beat or excursion; -- said of galvanometers and other instruments in which the needle or index moves to the extent of its deflection and stops with little or no further oscillation. [1913 Webster] Deadbeat escapement. See under Escapement. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Beat \Beat\, n. 1. A stroke; a blow. [1913 Webster] He, with a careless beat, Struck out the mute creation at a heat. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse. [1913 Webster] 3. (Mus.) (a) The rise or fall of the hand or foot, marking the divisions of time; a division of the measure so marked. In the rhythm of music the beat is the unit. (b) A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament. [1913 Webster] 4. (Acoustics & Mus.) A sudden swelling or re["e]nforcement of a sound, recurring at regular intervals, and produced by the interference of sound waves of slightly different periods of vibrations; applied also, by analogy, to other kinds of wave motions; the pulsation or throbbing produced by the vibrating together of two tones not quite in unison. See Beat, v. i., 8. [1913 Webster] 5. A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat; analogously, for newspaper reporters, the subject or territory that they are assigned to cover; as, the Washington beat. [1913 Webster +PJC] 6. A place of habitual or frequent resort. [1913 Webster] 7. A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; -- often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat; also, deadbeat. [Low] [1913 Webster] Beat of drum (Mil.), a succession of strokes varied, in different ways, for particular purposes, as to regulate a march, to call soldiers to their arms or quarters, to direct an attack, or retreat, etc. Beat of a watch, or Beat of a clock, the stroke or sound made by the action of the escapement. A clock is in beat or out of beat, according as the stroke is at equal or unequal intervals. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

deadbeat n 1: someone who fails to meet a financial obligation [syn: defaulter, deadbeat]