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

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 the beating, Webb was evaluated by a doctor at the Fort McPherson clinic before being taken in an ambulance to WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, court documents show. Henri Hollis, ajc, 21 June 2022 Three men wanted for the fatal beating of an Akron teen were arrested Saturday, Olivia Mitchell reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 13 June 2022 Greene died after the beating, but police initially said he was killed after his car crashed into a tree. Julie Coleman, Forbes, 9 June 2022 No one’s about to turn the beating around any time soon. Big-hitting Andy Roddick, known for his blistering serves, won the US Open in 2003, dropping Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets. Globe Staff,, 3 June 2022 Riordan was elected in 1993 at a time when Los Angeles faced economic and social upheaval, including the decline of the aerospace industry, the beating of Black motorist Rodney King and the deadly uprising that followed the LAPD officers’ acquittal. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Martin Weinberg, a Birmingham civil rights attorney representing Peoples in the lawsuit, pointed out that the beating happened just a few miles from the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where police in 1965 attacked Civil Rights marchers on Bloody Sunday. Ashley Remkus |, al, 18 May 2022 In the early 2000s, corporations were taking a public beating. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 26 May 2022 In fact, the Fed isn’t entirely unhappy that stocks are taking a beating. Larry Edelman,, 24 May 2022 See More

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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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“Beating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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