AskDefine | Define deadbeat

Dictionary Definition

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

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a lazy person
  2. a person who defaults on his debts


  1. In the context of "of an instrument": having a damped needle that stops without oscillation
  2. defeated or exhausted

Extensive Definition

The term deadbeat may refer to:
  • Deadbeat parent, a parent that has freely chosen not to financially support their children
  • Deadbeat (Musician), the stage name of Canadian electronica musician, Scott Montieth
  • Dead beat control, a problem in discrete control theory of finding an optimal input sequence that will bring the system output to a given setpoint in a finite number of time steps.
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