beta

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English[edit]

Ancient Greek Alphabet

alpha
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gamma
Β β
Ancient Greek: βῆτα
Wikipedia article on beta


Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta)

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

beta (not comparable)

  1. Identifying a molecular position in an organic chemical compound.
  2. Designates the second in an order of precedence.
  3. (computing) Preliminary; prerelease. Refers to an incomplete version of a product released for initial testing.
  4. (of a person, object or action) associated with the beta male/female archetype.

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Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

beta (plural betas)

  1. The name of the second letter of the Greek alphabet (Β,  β), preceded by alpha (Α,  α) and followed by gamma, (Γ,  γ). In modern Greek it represents the voiced labiodental fricative sound of v found in the English words have and vase.
  2. Used in marking scheme: α, β, γ or α+, α, α-, β etc.
  3. (finance) Average sensitivity of a security's price to overall securities market prices.
  4. (computing) The phase of development after alpha testing and before launch, in which software, while not complete, has been released to potential users for testing.
  5. (computing) A computer program in such phase; a preliminary version.
    • 2007, Michael Lopp, Managing Humans (page 107)
      He quickly deduced our goal—ship a quality beta—but he also quickly discerned that we had no idea about the quality of the product because of our pile of untriaged bugs.
  6. (climbing) Information about a route which may aid someone in climbing it.
  7. (physics) A beta particle or beta ray.
  8. A beta fish, of the genus Betta.
  9. A beta male.
    • 2006, Catherine Mann, Blaze of Glory, Harlequin (2006), ISBN 9781459228252, unnumbered page:
      “I guess in your psychological language of alpha males and beta males, I would be firmly in the camp that prefers the more laid-back betas,” she took a deep breath, “like your father.”
    • 2010, L. A. Banks, "Dog Tired (of the Drama!)", in Blood Lite II: Overbite (ed. Kevin J. Anderson), Gallery Books (2010), ISBN 9781439187654, page 121:
      “They want sexy, virile alpha males, yes? But that doesn't come with sensitive and loyal and all of that. That's a beta. A frickin' collie, Lola. []
    • 2010, Terry Spear, Wolf Fever, Sourcebooks Casablanca (2010), ISBN 9781402237577, page 24:
      She'd always had a thing for alpha males. Not that she had any intention of being bossed around, even if one had her best interests at heart. Her fascination with alphas was that they were a challenge. Betas didn't hold much of an appeal.

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Verb[edit]

beta (third-person singular simple present betas, present participle betaing, simple past and past participle betaed)

  1. (computing) To preliminarily release computer software for initial testing prior to final release.
  2. (chiefly Internet) To beta-read a text.
    • 1999, sqira a., in alt.tv.x-files.creative [1]
      My thanks to Heather; who read it and betaed it. Thank you.
    • 2000, Elizabeth Durack, quoted in Angelina I. Karpovich, “The Audience as Editor: The Role of Beta Readers in Online Fan Fiction Communities” (essay), in Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse (editors), Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet, McFarland (2006), ISBN 9780786426409, page 180,
      Beta’ing is time-consuming, so asking a lot of people to give you a detailed analysis isn’t the most polite thing to do.
    • 2002, Jane Davitt, in alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative [2]
      The next part is written and beta'd (thanks, Jen!), ready to go but <shuffles feet> I haven't even started what should be the final part yet.
    • 2002, Karmen Ghia, in alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated [3]
      I had the honor of betaing this story and as I was doing the first read through I had the odd, but lovely, experience when a story suspends the reader in its own rhythm and flow, its own reality.

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Ambonese Malay[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

beta

  1. I first-person singular pronoun

Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

Noun[edit]

beta f (plural betes)

  1. beta (Greek letter)

Catalan[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

Noun[edit]

beta f (plural betes)

  1. Beta; the Greek letter Β (lowercase β).

Etymology 2[edit]

From Occitan beta.

Noun[edit]

beta f (plural betes)

  1. boat; specifically a small, flat-bottom boat common to the coasts of Provence and Languedoc.

Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

Noun[edit]

beta n

  1. beta (Greek letter)

Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

Noun[edit]

beta m (plural betas)

  1. beta (Greek letter)

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

Noun[edit]

Italian Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia it

beta f (invariable)

  1. beta (letter of the Greek alphabet)

Noun[edit]

beta f (plural bete)

  1. beet (plant of the genus Beta)
  2. (computing) beta (software version)

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Latin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

bēta f (genitive bētae); first declension

  1. A beet.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

Noun[edit]

bēta (indeclinable); n

  1. The Greek letter beta.

Malay[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ambonese Malay beta.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

beta

  1. I, me, my (exclusive use in royalty, subject is either king or queen)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

Noun[edit]

beta

  1. beta (second letter of the Greek alphabet)

Old Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

beta

  1. third-person plural present subjunctive relative of is

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

Noun[edit]

beta f (plural betas)

  1. beta (all senses)

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

beta f (plural betas)

  1. beet (plant)

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bêta/
  • Hyphenation: be‧ta

Noun[edit]

bȅta f (Cyrillic spelling бе̏та)

  1. beta, the Greek letter, Β, β

Declension[edit]


Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek βῆτα (bêta), of Semitic origin, ultimately from Proto-Semitic *bayt- (house).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

beta f (plural betas)

  1. beta; the Greek letter Β, β

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

beta n, c

  1. beta; the Greek letter Β, β
  2. beetroot
  3. (computing) a beta version of a program
  4. (slang) short for minnesbeta

Declension[edit]

Verb[edit]

beta

  1. to graze; to eat grass; to feed on growing herbage.
  2. to test software prior to release.

Conjugation[edit]

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