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1. The act of striking or giving blows; punishment or chastisement by blows.
2. Pulsation; throbbing; as, the beating of the heart.
3. Pulsative sounds. See Beat.
4. The process of sailing against the wind by tacks in zigzag direction.
Source: Websters Vocabulary