from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who does not pay one's debts.
- n. A lazy person; a loafer.
- adj. Not fulfilling one's obligations or paying one's debts: a deadbeat dad.
- adj. Having an indicator that stops without oscillation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a lazy person
- n. a person who defaults on his debts
- adj. having a damped needle that stops without oscillation
- adj. defaulting on one's debts
- adj. defeated or exhausted
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- a loafer, sponger, or swindler; especially, one who does not pay his debts. Same as beat, n., 7.
- adj. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Making successive movements with intervals of rest and no recoil; free from oscillatory movement.
- n. A dead-beat escapement.
- n. See dead beat , under beat, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who fails to meet a financial obligation
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