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 George Holliday videotapes the beating from his apartment balcony. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Controversial Police Encounters Fast Facts," 20 Apr. 2021 Child 2 has a scar on an eyelid when they was struck by a nail in a board during the beating. Washington Post, "Missouri House member faces expulsion after probe finds he sexually, physically abused his children," 20 Apr. 2021 Among the expert witnesses for the defense was former Maryland medical examiner David Fowler, who ruled that West’s death was from natural causes and the summer heat, and not from a beating as some witnesses and his family contend. John-john Williams Iv,, "Baltimore, state leaders react to conviction of Derek Chauvin," 20 Apr. 2021 But video taken by a bystander showed a brutal beating of King, who was on the ground subjected to a stun gun and the batons of multiple officers. NBC News, "Blocked release of bodycam video in Brown case highlights North Carolina law," 28 Apr. 2021 Apple had blowout revenue and earnings results in the December quarter, handily beating expectations. Chuck Jones, Forbes, "The Two Most Important Numbers In Apple’s Earnings Announcement," 28 Apr. 2021 The film was filled with noir conventions—a rooftop chase, an alleyway beating—but there were also striking images that caught the desperation of people feeling their youth ebb away in the indifferent city. Andrew Delbanco, The New York Review of Books, "Kubrick’s Human Comedy," 27 Apr. 2021 Dallas outshot the Red Wings 52-17, a beating that failed to show up on the scoreboard thanks to Bernier. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Jamie Benn nets game-winning OT goal as Stars outlast brilliance of Detroit’s Jonathan Bernier," 24 Apr. 2021 Tyson suffered a brain bleed and damage to his frontal lobe from the beating. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Bar can be sued after black man was attacked outside front door, court rules," 24 Apr. 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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8 May 2021

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“Beating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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