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Pronunciation: bēt


  1. To strike; to throb or pulsate.
  2. A stroke, impulse, or pulsation, as of the heart or pulse.
  3. Activity of a cardiac chamber produced by catching a stimulus generated elsewhere in the heart.
  4. The perception of a third tone when two tones of slightly different frequencies are presented.
  5. One of a series of regularly pulsating tones created by the periodic mutual reinforcement of two simultaneously sounding tones that differ slightly in frequency.

[A.S. beatan]

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