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be·ta / ˈbātə/ • n. the second letter of the Greek alphabet (Β, β), transliterated as ‘b.’ ∎  [as adj.] denoting the second of a series of items, categories, forms of a chemical compound, etc.: beta carotene beta blocker. ∎ inf. short for beta test: their database system is currently in beta [as adj.] a beta version. ∎  (Beta) [followed by Latin genitive] the second (usually second-brightest) star in a constellation: Beta Virginis. ∎  [as adj.] relating to beta decay or beta particles: beta emitters.

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beta

beta the second letter of the Greek alphabet (Β, β), transliterated as ‘b’.
beta test a trial of machinery, software, or other products, in the final stages of its development, carried out by a party unconnected with its development.

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Beta

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beta

beta Short for beta release. A version of a software product in the final stages of development, released to selected users for field testing. See beta test.

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Beta

Beta (beetroot, sugar beet) See CHENOPODIACEAE.

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beta

betacater, crater, creator, curator, data, debater, delator, dumbwaiter, equator, freighter, frustrater, gaiter, grater, gyrator, hater, later, legator, mater, negator, pater, peseta, plater, rotator, skater, slater, stater, tater, traitor, ultimata, understater, upstater, waiter •painter •taster, waster •gamester • aviator • tailgater •hesitater • shirtwaister •Akita, Anita, arboreta, beater, beta, Bhagavadgita, cheater, cheetah, Demeter, Dieter, dolce vita, eater, eta, Evita, excreta, fetor, granita, greeter, heater, Juanita, litre (US liter), Lolita, maltreater, margarita, meter, metre, Peta, peter, praetor (US pretor), repeater, Rita, saltpetre (US saltpeter), secretor, Senhorita, señorita, Sita, skeeter, teeter, terra incognita, theta, treater, tweeter, ureter, veleta, zeta •Batista, Dniester, Easter, feaster, keister, leister, quaestor •speedster •deemster, teamster •scenester • browbeater • windcheater •beefeater •millilitre (US milliliter) •decilitre (US deciliter) •centilitre (US centiliter) •kilolitre (US kiloliter) •ammeter • Machmeter •millimetre (US millimeter) •decimetre (US decimeter) •altimeter •centimetre (US centimeter) •nanometre (US nanometer) •micrometer, micrometre •decametre (US dekameter) •kilometre (US kilometer) • autopista •anteater

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BETA

BETA Broadcasting and Entertainment Trades Alliance (see BECTU)
• Business Equipment Trades' Association

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