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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 (beetroot, sugar beet) See CHENOPODIACEAE.

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