The act of striking or giving blows; punishment or chastisement by blows.
- An act of repeated hitting or striking.
- A sound defeat.
- A sharp reversal; a setback: Stocks took a beating from panicky investors.
- A throbbing or pulsation, as of the heart.
- Physics The periodic variation in amplitude of a wave produced by the superposition of two waves of different frequencies, resulting in segments of louder, and then quieter, sound.