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[ bee-ting ]


  1. the act of a person or thing that beats, as to punish, clean, mix, etc.:

    Give the rug a good beating.

  2. a defeat or reverse; loss; setback

    Several stocks took a beating in the market today.

  3. the beating of her heart.


/ ˈbiːtɪŋ /


  1. a whipping or thrashing, as in punishment
  2. a defeat or setback
  3. take some beating or take a lot of beating
    to be difficult to improve upon

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Word History and Origins

Origin of beating1

First recorded in 1200–50; from Middle English betynge; beat, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

For decades, data centers have been the beating hearts of many businesses—the fortified secret rooms where huge amounts of capital sit, busily transforming electricity into revenue.

Nature takes a beating from a different kind of tourist in Tahoe

It’s a model, as Loncar told Fortune during the time of the AbbVie-Allergan deal, which incentivizes financial engineering over the medical magic which is the beating heart of the industry.

From Fortune

At its subtly beating heart is an attempt to deliver comfort in a small, furry package.

The upfront model of buying and selling ad inventory, which was the cornerstone of television industry ad placement for decades, has taken a beating in 2020.

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She fills her characters up—strong women beating back against a sexist system—with so much heart.

And it is true that since Blair was in power the pub culture has taken a beating.

In the Bible, Moses does kill a guy—the Egyptian slave master who is beating an Israelite to death.

Often, the processes that result in death begin when the heart stops beating.

Doctors will likely check more than one location for pulses to determine if the heart is beating.

She threw out her arms as if swimming when she walked, beating the tall grass as one strikes out in the water.

The sound of the swift beating of horse-hoofs was heard from the south, and soon three men came riding up.

The Empress's hand was on her beating forehead, but she turned, even fiercely to his question.

With beating heart, but steady hand and frowning eye, he advanced another step and found—that the object was a yellow stone!

Squinty turned around, standing on the edge of the little brook, and waited, his heart beating faster and faster.


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