Pronunciation: (bē'ting), [key]
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.
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