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Meaning of beating

beat•ing

Pronunciation: (bē'ting), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of a person or thing that beats, as to punish, clean, mix, etc.: Give the rug a good beating.
  2. a defeat or reverse; loss; setback: Several stocks took a beating in the market today.
  3. pulsation; throbbing: the beating of her heart.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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