beat·​ing ˈbē-tiŋ How to pronounce beating (audio)
: an act of striking with repeated blows so as to injure or damage
also : the injury or damage thus inflicted

Example Sentences

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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Word History


Middle English betynge, from gerund of beten "to beat entry 1"

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Beating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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