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 Kmet took a beating on social media for not blocking Douglas. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 That prompted a confrontation that led to the fatal beating, police said. cleveland, 21 July 2022 At the time, legal experts were skeptical that civil-rights law could apply to the beating of an Asian American. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 23 June 2022 QB Joe Burrow took a beating last season but nearly won the Super Bowl in just his second season. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 5 Sep. 2022 Markets took a beating last week — and that's not necessarily a bad thing, according to one Fed official. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 30 Aug. 2022 Gopuff had planned to go public this year but put off listing as the market slid and tech stocks took a beating. Preetika Rana, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2022 Its stock took a beating, plummeting from an all-time high of $83.11 last September to $11.91 in mid-June. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, 28 July 2022 Venom and its sequel were box office hits, but each took a beating from critics. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 19 July 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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29 Sep 2022

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“Beating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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