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

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Ozzie Valdez of the Chicago Police Department updates reporters on the investigation into the beating of a 15-year-old girl with special needs. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Three teens arrested after Chicago girl with special needs is beaten in viral video, police say," 25 July 2019 The Euclid Police Department has been involved in several controversial use-of-force incidents over the last several years, including an officer’s 2017 beating of a motorist that made national headlines. Evan Macdonald,, "Pastors ask Euclid to hold public hearings, review arrest of woman accusing police of excessive force," 23 July 2019 Three more are charged after cellphone video shows the beating of a teen whose head was slammed against the pavement. Rafael Olmeda,, "More cops caught on camera. But can you believe what you’re seeing?," 22 July 2019 In 1967, rioting erupted in Newark, N.J., over the police beating of a black taxi driver; 26 people were killed in the five days of violence that followed., "This day in history," 12 July 2019 Man charged in deadly baseball bat beating of Gardendale mother Gardendale police on Wednesday charged 41-year-old Jon Rodney Bowden with murder. Carol Robinson |,, "Gardendale man guilty in deadly baseball bat bludgeoning of girlfriend," 10 July 2019 The Ajax colossus looks set for a move to the Allianz Stadium this summer, with the Bianconeri beating off the challenges of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to land their top target., "Matthijs de Ligt: Joining Juventus Is the Right Move for the Defender," 27 June 2019 So instead of wearables, these are things like, that power themselves by the beating of the heart or ... Eric Johnson, Vox, "The problem with tech people who want to solve problems," 26 June 2019 The Newton County Sheriff's Office said Monday that misdemeanor charges for the beating of a vertebrate animal have been filed against three people related to the Fair Oaks Farms case. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Lightfoot downplays police union rumor she repeated, Obama Center's fate on the line and other things to know to start your day," 11 June 2019

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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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