beating

[ bee-ting ]
/ ˈbi tɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that beats, as to punish, clean, mix, etc.: Give the rug a good beating.
a defeat or reverse; loss; setback: Several stocks took a beating in the market today.
pulsation; throbbing: the beating of her heart.

Origin of beating

First recorded in 1200–50, beating is from the Middle English word betynge. See beat, -ing1

Definition for beating (2 of 2)

Origin of beat

before 900; Middle English beten, Old English bēatan; cognate with Old Norse bauta, Middle Low German bōten, Old High German bōzzan; akin to MIr búalaim I hit, Latin fūstis a stick < *bheud-

OTHER WORDS FROM beat

beat·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·beat, verb, o·ver·beat, o·ver·beat·en or o·ver·beat, o·ver·beat·ing.un·der·beat, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH beat

beat beet

synonym study for beat

1. Beat, hit, pound, strike, thrash refer to the giving of a blow or blows. Beat implies the giving of repeated blows: to beat a rug. To hit is usually to give a single blow, definitely directed: to hit a ball. To pound is to give heavy and repeated blows, often with the fist: to pound a nail, the table. To strike is to give one or more forceful blows suddenly or swiftly: to strike a gong. To thrash implies inflicting repeated blows as punishment, to show superior strength, and the like: to thrash a child. 22. See pulsate.
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British Dictionary definitions for beating (1 of 2)

beating
/ (ˈbiːtɪŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for beating (2 of 2)

beat
/ (biːt) /

verb beats, beating, beat, beaten or beat

noun

adjective

(postpositive) slang totally exhausted
See also beat down, beat up

Derived forms of beat

beatable, adjective

Word Origin for beat

Old English bēatan; related to Old Norse bauta, Old High German bōzan
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Medical definitions for beating

beat
[ bēt ]

v.

To strike repeatedly.
To pulsate; throb.

n.

A stroke, impulse, or pulsation, especially one that produces a sound as of the heart or pulse.
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Scientific definitions for beating

beat
[ bēt ]

A fluctuation or pulsation, usually repeated, in the amplitude of a signal. Beats are generally produced by the superposition of two waves of different frequencies; if the signals are audible, this results in fluctuations between louder and quieter sound.
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Idioms and Phrases with beating

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