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 Notre Dame at Duke, 4pm UIndy 83, Truman 82: Jimmy King's buzzer-beating layup lifted Uindy to victory over Truman. Staff Reports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball roundup: Ball State men lose; IUPUI women's win streak snapped," 16 Feb. 2020 Madison Chappell, Holbrook Chappell scored a game-high 35 points, added 12 rebounds and nine steals, hit the buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime and led the Holbrook's charge with 10 points in the extra period to beat Snowflake 70-58. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Vote now: Top Performers in Arizona high school girls basketball, Feb. 3 - 8," 10 Feb. 2020 The Sun Devils are coming in off a brutal loss to OSU in which a botched in-bounds pass led to a buzzer-beating loss. oregonlive, "Will Oregon women’s basketball avenge its loss to Arizona State?," 9 Feb. 2020 May I interest you in a wild, half-court, buzzer-beating hook shot from Maine? Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Patrick Mahomes should become a household name this weekend, and it's about time," 29 Jan. 2020 Febres answered with another buzzer-beating bomb to hush the crowd again, but the Longhorns were almost out of offense and on their heels defensively. Nick Moyle,, "Texas holds on to edge TCU," 29 Jan. 2020 Seven straight points from Immanuel Quickley (and three missed free throws from South Carolina) had the game on the brink of overtime before Jermaine Couisnard’s buzzer-beating 3. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "To take the next step, Kentucky basketball needs to make games less interesting," 19 Jan. 2020 The Warriors outscored Orlando 29-19 in the quarter, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Jordan Poole that sent Curry into a cheering tizzy. Rusty Simmons,, "Stephen Curry acts as highest-paid reporter during Warriors’ TV broadcast," 18 Jan. 2020 The year before, North Carolina lost in the national title game to Villanova on Jenkins’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer., "Kentucky’s 2012 college basketball team voted best of decade," 1 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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19 Feb 2020

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“Beating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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