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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And the effect persisted for more than a year, even after the officers involved in the beating were punished. German Lopez, Vox, "Protesters plan to block a busy road to draw attention to the high rates of violence in parts of the city.," 2 Aug. 2018 Spankings, beatings, whippings and much worse were par for the course not only for parents but also for any adults who had a child in their care. Meghan Leahy,, "I don't want to spank my sassy 4-year-old. What should I do instead?," 5 July 2018 That Sandinista youth group, which Mr. Moreno has led, has allegedly been involved in beating of protesters and a killing of a family of six. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Treasury Sanctions Three Nicaraguan Officials Amid Deadly Political Violence," 5 July 2018 In his version of their history, beatings were commonplace — punishments for minor infractions or poor performances — and his mother Katherine was powerless to intervene. People Staff,, "Joe Jackson Was Left Out of Son Michael's Will: 'This Is a Decision His Son Made' Says Lawyer," 27 June 2018 Police have not identified any suspects in the beating. Courtney Astolfi,, "Boy suffers seizure after robbers beat him unconscious on Cleveland's West Side," 2 May 2018 Authorities say the autopsy revealed old rib fractures the boy suffered, indicating the brutal beating was not the first. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Penn. couple beat 4-year-old boy to death for spilling cereal: police," 10 Apr. 2018 The beating was so violent that Adams remains hospitalized in critical condition. Stephanie Tinoco, ajc, "Man, girlfriend, mother accused of beating 73-year-old neighbor with baseball bat," 12 Feb. 2018 Mokarzel told investigators the final beating was punishment because Xavier drank milk out of a jug, according to a police report. Krista Torralva,, "Mother of fatally beaten boy is out of jail on bail, living in Washington state," 16 Jan. 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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