beat·ing | \ˈbē-tiŋ \

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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Giulian was sentenced in 2011 to seven and a half years in prison after a conviction for first-degree assault for joining in a five-on-one beating that a prosecutor said nearly killed a Winsted teen. Christopher Keating,, "Malloy Hosts Criminal Justice Conference Inside Cheshire Prison," 30 May 2018 He was later produced in court with a black eye from a beating by the police chief. Washington Post, "Malaysia’s jailed opposition icon to make spectacular return," 15 May 2018 But Nike's image as a progressive, enlightened workplace has taken a beating since the purge began. Jeff Manning,, "Nike purge continues -- five more managers out," 8 May 2018 An early passion for painting appalled his father and at least two of his brothers, who gave him a beating for his secular heresy. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Vulnerable Ferocity of Chaim Soutine," 7 May 2018 Volkswagen's reputation suffered a beating, and the company was ordered to pay massive fines and spend even more money building a network of electric car charging stations. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bosch might just have solved the problem of diesel NOx emissions," 27 Apr. 2018 The West’s did something abhorrent to Swift, a public beating. Richard S. He, Billboard, "Taylor Swift's 'Delicate' Video Dances Away Her Regrets: Critic's Take," 12 Mar. 2018 The guards apparently were trying to prevent the boys waiting in line for beatings from panicking, hoping the noise would drown out the thwack-thwack-thwack of the strap and the anguished screams. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A painful reunion at school of horror," 11 July 2018 As the Trumps departed for Blenheim Palace on Marine One, where they were scheduled to dine with Prime Minister Theresa May, protesters could be heard jeering, drum beating and chanting in the distant background. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Trump starts UK leg amid scattered protests, Brexit divisions," 12 July 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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Phrases Related to beating

take a beating

take some beating

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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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