[ bee-ting ]
See synonyms for beating on
  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.

  1. pulsation; throbbing: the beating of her heart.

Origin of beating

First recorded in 1200–50; from Middle English betynge; see beat, -ing1

Words Nearby beating Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beating in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for beating


/ (ˈbiːtɪŋ) /

  1. a whipping or thrashing, as in punishment

  2. a defeat or setback

  1. take some beating or take a lot of beating to be difficult to improve upon

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