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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Fortune Chip Stocks The share prices of U.S. semiconductor firms have taken a beating thanks to the U.S.’s blacklisting of Huawei. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Why We Need to Retrain the C-Suite: CEO Daily," 5 June 2019 From hot pots and pans to spilled juice to everyday wear and tear from touching, leaning, sitting, cutting... kitchen countertops take a beating. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Countertops," 11 Feb. 2019 When the beatings and the rape resumed months later, Marip Lu felt different. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 2018 Like the island itself—which was hit with some $90 billion of damage, hundreds or thousands of deaths, and infrastructural failings—the observatory took a beating from Hurricane Maria. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Puerto Rico's Observatory Is Still Recovering From Hurricane Maria," 15 June 2018 Rodriguez said Monday's attack seemed similar to at least four previous beatings of sleeping men this month in the coastal city. Fox News, "California attacks suspect probed in case of missing Texans," 25 Sep. 2018 The victim of horrific beatings, Wise carries with him trauma that the others acknowledge is on a different level. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "When They See Us," 8 May 2019 Tech Bloodbath Technology stocks are suffering one of their worst beatings in years, as investors reassess a sector that has driven global growth but now faces the prospect of greater regulatory scrutiny. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 28 Mar. 2018 After sobering up, Fernandez was about to be released when the beating occurred. John Wilkens,, "Mentally ill jailhouse killer gets prison term of 25 years to life," 8 Mar. 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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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