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  • IPA(key): /ˈbiːtɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -iːtɪŋ


beating (plural beatings)

  1. The action by which someone or something is beaten.
    the beating of a drum
    secret beatings of prisoners
    • 2018 October 17, Drachinifel, Last Ride of the High Seas Fleet - Battle of Texel 1918[1], archived from the original on 4 August 2022, 14:13 from the start:
      The fight is not all one-sided. Lion is taking a savage beating as the two flagships trade body blows almost independent of the furious carronade going on behind them.
  2. A heavy defeat or setback.
    • 2011 October 23, Phil McNulty, “Man Utd 1 - 6 Man City”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      To increase United's pain, this was their first home defeat in any competition since April 2010, when they lost to Chelsea - but even that defeat, which effectively cost them the title, may not turn out to have the same long-term significance as this heavy beating.
  3. The pulsation of the heart.

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  1. present participle and gerund of beat