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beating

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1 a rhythmic expanding and contracting
  • he wears a pacemaker to help maintain a regular beating of his heart

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2 failure to win a contest
  • took a beating and ended up in second place

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beating

verb
present participle of beat

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4 to expand and contract in a rhythmic manner
  • the patient's heart beats roughly 60 times per minute

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5 to move or cause to move with a striking motion
  • the bird's wings beat strongly as it soared in the air

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7 to shape with a hammer
  • the medieval artisans who beat iron into exquisite swords

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8 to shine with a bright harsh light
  • the tropical sun beat down on our heads without mercy

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9 to strike or cause to strike lightly and usually rhythmically
  • beat the drum in a marching rhythm

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11 to avoid having to comply with (something) especially through cleverness
  • he spends all of his time trying to beat the system

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12 to reduce to fine particles
  • years of pounding had beaten the pebbles to a fine dust

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The first known use of beating was in the 13th century

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“Beating.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/beating. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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