beating
noun Date: 13th century 1. an act of striking with repeated blows so as to injure or damage; also the injury or damage thus inflicted 2. pulsation 3. defeat, setback

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  • Beating — can mean: *Beating, a Sailing term for making headway against the wind. *Beating up: hitting several or many times causing much bruising. **This is its usual meaning when it is a noun with a number or article, e.g. a beating . *Or see battery… …   Wikipedia

  • Beating — Beat ing, n. 1. The act of striking or giving blows; punishment or chastisement by blows. [1913 Webster] 2. Pulsation; throbbing; as, the beating of the heart. [1913 Webster] 3. (Acoustics & Mus.) Pulsative sounds. See {Beat}, n. [1913 Webster] 4 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beating — index battery, defeat, failure (lack of success) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • beating — c.1200, beatunge action of inflicting blows, from BEAT (Cf. beat) (v.). Meaning pulsation is recorded from c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • beating — [bēt′iŋ] n. 1. the act of a person or thing that beats 2. a whipping or thrashing 3. a throbbing; pulsation 4. a defeat …   English World dictionary

  • beating — n. 1) to give smb. a beating 2) to get, take a beating 3) a brutal, good, merciless, severe, vicious beating (he got a good beating) * * * [ biːtɪŋ] good merciless severe vicious beating (he got a good beating) a brutal …   Combinatory dictionary

  • beating — [[t]bi͟ːtɪŋ[/t]] ♦♦♦ beatings 1) N COUNT If someone is given a beating, they are hit hard many times, especially with something such as a stick. ...the savage beating of a black motorist by white police officers... The team secured pictures of… …   English dictionary

  • beating */ — UK [ˈbiːtɪŋ] / US [ˈbɪtɪŋ] noun [countable] Word forms beating : singular beating plural beatings 1) the act of hitting someone hard a number of times in a fight or as a punishment The man had been given a severe beating. 2) a bad defeat in a… …   English dictionary

  • beating — beat|ing [ˈbi:tıŋ] n 1.) an act of hitting someone many times as a punishment or in a fight ▪ a brutal beating 2.) take a beating to lose very badly in a game or competition ▪ The Dodgers took a real beating on Saturday. →take some beating at… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • beating — beat|ing [ bitıŋ ] noun count * 1. ) the act of hitting someone hard a number of times in a fight or as a punishment: The man had been given a severe beating. 2. ) a bad defeat in a game, competition, or election: It looked like Penn State was… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • beating — noun (C) 1 an act of hitting someone many times as a punishment or in a fight: give sb a beating (=beat them) 2 take a beating to lose very badly in a game or competition: Our team took a real beating on Saturday. see also: take some beating beat …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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