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See also: Beta, béta, bêta, and Běta

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EnglishEdit

Ancient Greek Alphabet

alpha
   
gamma
Β β
Ancient Greek: βῆτα
Wikipedia article on beta

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta)

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

beta (not comparable)

  1. Identifying a molecular position in an organic chemical compound.
  2. Designates the second in an order of precedence.
  3. (computing) Preliminary; prerelease. Refers to an incomplete version of a product released for initial testing.
  4. (of a person, object or action) associated with the beta male/female archetype.

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

beta (plural betas)

  1. The name of the second letter of the Greek alphabet (Β,  β), preceded by alpha (Α,  α) and followed by gamma, (Γ,  γ). In modern Greek it represents the voiced labiodental fricative sound of v found in the English words have and vase.
  2. Used in marking scheme: α, β, γ or α+, α, α-, β etc.
  3. (finance) Average sensitivity of a security's price to overall securities market prices.
  4. (computing) The phase of development after alpha testing and before launch, in which software, while not complete, has been released to potential users for testing.
  5. (computing) A computer program in such a phase; a preliminary version.
    • 2007, Michael Lopp, Managing Humans (page 107)
      He quickly deduced our goal—ship a quality beta—but he also quickly discerned that we had no idea about the quality of the product because of our pile of untriaged bugs.
  6. (climbing) Information about a route which may aid someone in climbing it.
  7. (physics) A beta particle or beta ray.
  8. A beta fish, of the genus Betta.
  9. A beta male.
    • 2006, Catherine Mann, Blaze of Glory, Harlequin (2006), ISBN 9781459228252, unnumbered page:
      “I guess in your psychological language of alpha males and beta males, I would be firmly in the camp that prefers the more laid-back betas,” she took a deep breath, “like your father.”
    • 2010, L. A. Banks, "Dog Tired (of the Drama!)", in Blood Lite II: Overbite (ed. Kevin J. Anderson), Gallery Books (2010), ISBN 9781439187654, page 121:
      “They want sexy, virile alpha males, yes? But that doesn't come with sensitive and loyal and all of that. That's a beta. A frickin' collie, Lola. []
    • 2010, Terry Spear, Wolf Fever, Sourcebooks Casablanca (2010), ISBN 9781402237577, page 24:
      She'd always had a thing for alpha males. Not that she had any intention of being bossed around, even if one had her best interests at heart. Her fascination with alphas was that they were a challenge. Betas didn't hold much of an appeal.
    • 2015, Stephen Jarosek, Tyrants of Matriarchy
      When they ride the cock carousel in preference to the responsible betas that they find so boring, well, we guess that they pay.

Derived termsEdit

(beta radiation, beta ray or beta particle):

TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

beta (third-person singular simple present betas, present participle betaing, simple past and past participle betaed)

  1. (computing) To preliminarily release computer software for initial testing prior to final release.
  2. (chiefly Internet) To beta-read a text.
    • 1999, sqira a., in alt.tv.x-files.creative [1]
      My thanks to Heather; who read it and betaed it. Thank you.
    • 2000, Elizabeth Durack, quoted in Angelina I. Karpovich, “The Audience as Editor: The Role of Beta Readers in Online Fan Fiction Communities” (essay), in Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse (editors), Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet, McFarland (2006), ISBN 9780786426409, page 180,
      Beta’ing is time-consuming, so asking a lot of people to give you a detailed analysis isn’t the most polite thing to do.
    • 2002, Jane Davitt, in alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative [2]
      The next part is written and beta'd (thanks, Jen!), ready to go but <shuffles feet> I haven't even started what should be the final part yet.
    • 2002, Karmen Ghia, in alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated [3]
      I had the honor of betaing this story and as I was doing the first read through I had the odd, but lovely, experience when a story suspends the reader in its own rhythm and flow, its own reality.

AnagramsEdit


Ambonese MalayEdit

PronounEdit

beta

  1. I first-person singular pronoun

AsturianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

NounEdit

beta f (plural betes)

  1. beta (Greek letter)

CatalanEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

NounEdit

beta f (plural betes)

  1. beta; the Greek letter Β (lowercase β).

Etymology 2Edit

From Occitan beta.

NounEdit

beta f (plural betes)

  1. boat; specifically a small, flat-bottom boat common to the coasts of Provence and Languedoc.

CzechEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

NounEdit

beta n

  1. beta (Greek letter)

FaroeseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta), ultimately from Proto-Semitic *bayt- (house).

NounEdit

beta n (genitive singular beta, plural betu)

  1. beta (Greek letter)

DeclensionEdit

Declension of beta
n1 singular plural
indefinite definite indefinite definite
nominative beta betað betu, betur betuni
accusative beta betað betu, betur betuni
dative beta betanum betum betunum
genitive beta betans betna betnanna

Derived termsEdit


GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

NounEdit

beta m (plural betas)

  1. beta (Greek letter)

ItalianEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛ.ta/, [ˈbɛːt̪ä]
  • Rhymes: -ɛta
  • Stress: bèta
  • Hyphenation: be‧ta

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin bēta, from Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

NounEdit

beta f (invariable)

 
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  1. The name of the Greek script letter Β/β; beta
  2. (computing) beta (software version)
Derived termsEdit
Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin bēta (beet), from Celtic.

NounEdit

beta f (plural bete)

  1. (botany) Alternative form of bieta; beet

AnagramsEdit


LatinEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From a Celtic language.

NounEdit

bēta f (genitive bētae); first declension

  1. A beet.

InflectionEdit

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative bēta bētae
genitive bētae bētārum
dative bētae bētīs
accusative bētam bētās
ablative bētā bētīs
vocative bēta bētae

DescendantsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

NounEdit

bēta n (indeclinable)

  1. The Greek letter beta.

ReferencesEdit


MalayEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Ambonese Malay beta.

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

beta

  1. I, me, my (exclusive use in royalty, subject is either king or queen)
See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

NounEdit

beta

  1. beta (second letter of the Greek alphabet)

Old IrishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

VerbEdit

beta

  1. third-person plural present subjunctive relative of is

PortugueseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

NounEdit

beta f (plural betas)

  1. beta (all senses)

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

beta f (plural betas)

  1. beet (plant)

Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /bêta/
  • Hyphenation: be‧ta

NounEdit

bȅta f (Cyrillic spelling бе̏та)

  1. beta, the Greek letter, Β, β

DeclensionEdit


SlovakEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

beta f (genitive singular bety, nominative plural bety, genitive plural biet, declension pattern of žena) OR
beta n

  1. beta (Greek letter)

Usage notesEdit

When used in the neuter gender, the word is not declined.

DeclensionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • beta in Slovak dictionaries at korpus.sk

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta), of Semitic origin, ultimately from Proto-Semitic *bayt- (house).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

beta f (plural betas)

  1. beta; the Greek letter Β, β

SwedishEdit

NounEdit

beta n, c

  1. beta; the Greek letter Β, β
  2. beetroot
  3. (computing) a beta version of a program
  4. (slang) short for minnesbeta

DeclensionEdit

Declension of beta 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative beta betan betor betorna
Genitive betas betans betors betornas

VerbEdit

beta

  1. to graze; to eat grass; to feed on growing herbage.
  2. to test software prior to release.

ConjugationEdit


See alsoEdit