noun, plural B's or Bs, b's or bs.
- the seventh tone in the scale of C major or the second tone in the relative minor scale, A minor.
- a string, key, or pipe tuned to this tone.
- a written or printed note representing this tone.
- (in the fixed system of solmization) the seventh tone of the scale of C major, called ti.
- the tonality having B as the tonic note.
- one of the possible positions of an atom or group in a compound.
- one of two or more isomeric compounds.
Origin of beta
Examples from the Web for b
Contemporary Examples of b
Soon, though, voices from off camera begin shouting for retribution, not justice, chanting “Burn this b**** down.”Michael Brown’s Stepfather Tells Crowd, ‘Burn This Bitch Down’
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
November 25, 2014
Born in Connecticut in 1847, he had a long railroad career before coming to the B O in 1896.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
With more than a minute cut out of the reruns, syndicated episodes often drop entire relevant-to-the-plot scenes and B stories.A 200-Hour ‘Simpsons’ Marathon? That’s Unpossible!
July 24, 2014
Infectious diseases are (a) infectious and (b) preventable with a simple shot.D.C. Moron Phil Gingrey Spread Ebola Fever Over Immigrants
July 15, 2014
Astronomers clearly identified planet candidates “b” and “c,” with “d,” “e,” “f,” and “g” following.The Exoplanet That Wasn’t There
Matthew R. Francis
July 6, 2014
Historical Examples of b
When you solve a sum you go from "a" to "b" and from "b" to "c" and from "c" to "d" and so on.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
(b) In what ways should soup accompaniments be a contrast to the soup?
(b) What disposal should be made of meat from which stock is made?
(b) What precaution should be taken in the use of flavorings?
(b) How should jars, covers, and rubbers be treated in this method?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
noun plural b's, B's or Bs
- a note having a frequency of 493.88 hertz (B above middle C) or this value multiplied or divided by any power of 2; the seventh note of the scale of C major
- a key, string, or pipe producing this note
- the major or minor key having this note as its tonic
- a person whose job is in middle management, or who holds an intermediate administrative or professional position
- (as modifier)a B worker See also occupation groupings
abbreviation for (of US military aircraft)
- involving or relating to electronsbeta emitter
- relating to one of two or more allotropes or crystal structures of a solidbeta iron
- relating to one of two or more isomeric forms of a chemical compound
Word Origin for beta
second letter of the Greek alphabet, c.1300, from Greek, from Hebrew/Phoenician beth (see alphabet); used to designate the second of many things. Beta radiation is from 1899 (Rutherford). Beta particle is attested from 1904.