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

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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 long suspension of the Petrov beating case has created other problems. Rachel Swan,, "S.F. District Attorney Chesa Boudin dismissed charges against cops in infamous alley beating," 12 Nov. 2020 Hepburn and Mors both committed to UW on Sept. 29, with Hepburn beating is friend by about two hours. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW men's basketball adds three players who committed to the program more than a year ago and never wavered," 11 Nov. 2020 That should strike fear into the heart of Bengals fans who have watched rookie quarterback Joe Burrow take an absolute beating behind a substandard offensive line. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers picks, predictions: Who wins Week 10 NFL game?," 10 Nov. 2020 Cuyahoga County spokesman Dale Armbruster also later confirmed the fatal beating. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County Jail inmate beaten to death by fellow inmate, sources say," 10 Nov. 2020 Total profits for the big firms of the S&P 500 index have surpassed analysts’ expectations by roughly a fifth, with 85% beating forecasts for the quarter. The Economist, "USA Inc’s ponderous recovery," 7 Nov. 2020 Mayweather made his maiden voyage to pay-per-view in 2005 against fan favorite Arturo Gatti in arguably the most one-sided and vicious beating of the century. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Leo Santa Cruz witnessed ‘a miracle’ amid pandemic; now he plans to shock the world," 30 Oct. 2020 Those three schools have turf fields, which can withstand the beating of multiple football games each week. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Football season starts for public high schools this week; here is what you can expect," 28 Oct. 2020 And when quarterback Andy Dalton was injured in dirty fashion, the unit lacked any sign of protective instinct or fight in a 25-3 beating. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "The Cowboys feared their O-line would get bullied, but somehow, the results were even worse," 26 Oct. 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

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“Beating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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