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Beating Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    beating adj : expanding and contracting rhythmically as to the beating of the heart; "felt the pulsating artery"; "oh my beating heart" [syn: pulsating, pulsing] n
  1. the act of overcoming or outdoing [syn: whipping]
  2. the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows [syn: thrashing, licking, drubbing, lacing, trouncing, whacking]
Beating Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Beat \Beat\, v. t. [imp. Beat; p. p. Beat, Beaten; p. pr. & vb. n. Beating.] [OE. beaten, beten, AS. be['a]tan; akin to Icel. bauta, OHG. b?zan. Cf. 1st Butt, Button.]
  1. To strike repeatedly; to lay repeated blows upon; as, to beat one's breast; to beat iron so as to shape it; to beat grain, in order to force out the seeds; to beat eggs and sugar; to beat a drum. Thou shalt beat some of it [spices] very small. --Ex. xxx. 36. They did beat the gold into thin plates. --Ex. xxxix. 3.
  2. To punish by blows; to thrash.
  3. To scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the noise made by striking bushes, etc., for the purpose of rousing game. To beat the woods, and rouse the bounding prey. --Prior.
  4. To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind. A frozen continent . . . beat with perpetual storms. --Milton.
  5. To tread, as a path. Pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way. --Blackmore.
  6. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish or conquer; to surpass. He beat them in a bloody battle. --Prescott. For loveliness, it would be hard to beat that. --M. Arnold.
  7. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; -- often with out. [Colloq.]
  8. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble. Why should any one . . . beat his head about the Latin grammar who does not intend to be a critic? --Locke.
  9. (Mil.) To give the signal for, by beat of drum; to sound
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    * Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart. - Henry Ward Beecher

    * A dream can be nurtured over years and years and then flourish rapidly. . . . Be patient. It will happen for you. Sooner or later, life will get weary of beating on you and holding the door shut on you, and then it will let you in and throw you a real party - Les Brown

    * But words came halting forth, wanting Inventions stayInvention, Natures child, fled step-dame Studys blows...Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite,Fool, said my Muse to me look in thy heart and write. - Sir Philip Sidney

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