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.
- One who does not pay one's debts.
- A lazy person; a loafer.
- Not fulfilling one's obligations or paying one's debts: a deadbeat dad.
- Having an indicator that stops without oscillation.