beat·​ing | \ ˈbē-tiŋ How to pronounce beating (audio) \

Definition of beating

1 : an act of striking with repeated blows so as to injure or damage also : the injury or damage thus inflicted
2 : pulsation

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Examples of beating in a Sentence

he wears a pacemaker to help maintain a regular beating of his heart took a beating and ended up in second place

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Thomas opened the scoring with 4:51 left in the first period, coming from behind the net and beating Schneider with a backhander for his ninth goal. Tom Canavan, The Seattle Times, "Vince Dunn scores late in OT, Blues beat Devils 3-2," 30 Mar. 2019 And Louis-Dreyfus's unparalleled timing, detailed physical comedy—Selina's crazed eyes and tight smile deserve an Emmy of their own—and commitment to the role is the show's beating black heart. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Veep's Final Season and Why She Wrote a Personal Letter to Christine Blasey Ford," 28 Mar. 2019 Add eggs, one at a time, beating until fully incorporated after each addition. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chocolate-Matcha Swirl Pound Cake," 19 Mar. 2019 Unfortunately, all the hand-wringing and chest-beating that surrounded the original GeForce RTX has followed. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 6 Mar. 2019 Reduce mixer speed to medium and add eggs 1 at a time, beating until incorporated before adding the next. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Desert Bloom Cupcakes," 15 Feb. 2019 The day her son Abdalla came to her bruised from a beating at school. Michele Aboud, Glamour, "Saudi Arabia Was the Last Place in the World to Allow Women to Drive. Manal al-Sharif Helped Change That.," 5 Nov. 2018 Condor is a former Army specialist who had served in Iraq and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for a 2010 beating — with a baseball bat and other objects — of a homeless man in Cincinnati. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Bucolic’ Whidbey Island surprised at skinhead headlines — and recent Lynnwood assault," 31 Dec. 2018 Lightsey didn’t cite a specific reason for the deadly beating. Julie Shaw,, "2 ex-Temple cops guilty of killing woman in 'diabolical torture chamber' in Germantown," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of beating

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beating

Middle English betynge, from gerund of beten "to beat entry 1"

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The first known use of beating was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of beating

: the act of repeatedly hitting someone to cause pain or injury : the act of beating someone

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