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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web After speaking out about her beating, Ms. Ghosh became the victim of a vicious disinformation campaign. New York Times, "A Blow to the Head Makes an Instant Hero in India," 17 Jan. 2020 New data showed China’s industrial production rebounded last year, with the 6.9% growth in output in December beating forecasts and marking the fastest pace of expansion in nine months. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks End Week at Record Levels," 17 Jan. 2020 The Beavers are already seeing the benefits of beating Arizona and Colorado, as their NET ranking has improved from the low 80s in early January to 45 on Wednesday. oregonlive, "Oregon State proves it can ride with Pac-12’s basketball elite; now Beavers attempt to solve complex issue of consistency," 16 Jan. 2020 Lindell won the game for Dallas with 3:06 left in overtime, collecting a loose puck in the slot and beating Philipp Grubauer glove side for his third goal of the season. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars sweep season series against Avalanche in physical overtime win," 14 Jan. 2020 All told, the Spurs (16-20) properly avenged the 20-point beating Boston laid on them in November at the AT&T Center, which precipitated an eight-game skid. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Blowout win in Boston gets ugly," 8 Jan. 2020 The Las Vegas Police Department released surveillance footage of the unprovoked Dec. 13 bus attack with the hope that someone can identify the man behind the beating. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Police release video of assault in hopes of catching suspect who attacked veteran," 8 Jan. 2020 Gradually beat in remaining 1 cup coconut milk a little at a time, beating until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Coconut Angel Cake," 6 Jan. 2020 Since the season ended with a 35-16 beating of Michigan in Orlando, Jerry Jeudy, Jedrick Wills and Xavier McKinney declared for the NFL draft. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Tua Tagovailoa watch ends, NFL decision comes today," 6 Jan. 2020

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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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22 Jan 2020

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“Beating.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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