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noun be·ta \ˈbā-tə, chiefly British ˈbē-\

: the second letter of the Greek alphabet

: a version of a product (such as a computer program) that is almost finished and that is used for testing

Full Definition of BETA

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:  the 2d letter of the Greek alphabet — see alphabet table
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:  a measure of the risk potential of a stock or an investment portfolio expressed as a ratio of the stock's or portfolio's volatility to the volatility of the market as a whole
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:  a nearly complete prototype of a product (as software) <released in beta> <the beta version>

Examples of BETA

  1. a program that is currently in beta

Origin of BETA

Middle English betha, from Latin beta, from Greek bēta, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew bēth beth
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, rune, symbology, wedge

Rhymes with BETA

2beta

adjective

Definition of BETA

:  second in position in the structure of an organic molecule from a particular group or atom <beta substitution> —often used in combination —symbol β

First Known Use of BETA

1862

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous
May 23, 2015
debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
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