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

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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 The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes unit appealed to the public on Monday for information on a video that appeared on social media that captured a brutal beating inside a city’s subway car. Fox News, "NYPD seeks information after video of brutal subway beating emerges," 30 Mar. 2021 Like the trial after Rodney King's beating, like the trial after Emmett Till's murder, like the Scottsboro Boys' trial, this case will be viewed as another chapter — perhaps a turning point — in America's racial history. Maya Rao, Star Tribune, "Derek Chauvin trial represents a defining moment in America's racial history," 27 Mar. 2021 Made in 1992 after four policemen were acquitted for the vicious beating of Rodney King, the piece features 16 self-portraits in which Middlebrook faces the camera in a state of sadness, frustration and exhaustion. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: A compelling anti-tourist California in new photo show," 27 Mar. 2021 The beating left huge red welts crisscrossing his back, a photo showed. New York Times, "Beaten, Cuffed, Hauled Away: When Myanmar’s Military Comes Knocking," 26 Mar. 2021 The Pac-12 has taken a national beating for its lackluster NCAA tourney performances of late. oregonlive, "Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle shakes his fist at Pac-12 basketball bashing," 22 Mar. 2021 Airing out the mattress is a good start to taming those troublesome particles, as is removing the carpets and giving them a good beating with a fireplace poker or baseball bat, which can shake out carpet beetle dung and other nasty things. Gregory Mcnamee, CNN, "Spring cleaning: Science and allergy relief meet at the end of a broom," 20 Mar. 2021 Blum was not charged in Jude’s beating, but his testimony during the ensuing legal proceedings drew accusations of him protecting the officers who were charged. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fire and Police Commission continues pushing for full chokehold ban as vote gets delayed," 19 Mar. 2021 Police announced the arrest of three Antioch men in the beating and robbery of a 67-year-old Asian American man in a Chinatown laundromat in February. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area reacts with grief but little surprise over Atlanta shootings," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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2 Apr 2021

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“Beating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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