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Meaning of BETA

Pronunciation:  'beytu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the 2nd letter of the Greek alphabet
  2. [n]  beets

BETA is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: genus Beta
 See Also: alphabetic character, beet, Beta vulgaris, caryophylloid dicot genus, Chenopodiaceae, common beet, family Chenopodiaceae, goosefoot family, Greek alphabet, letter, letter of the alphabet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Be"ta\, n. [Gr. bh^ta.]
The second letter of the Greek alphabet, B, [beta]. See {B},
and cf. etymology of {Alphabet}.

Note: Beta (B, [beta]) is used variously for classifying, as:
(a) (Astron.) To designate some bright star, usually the
    second brightest, of a constellation, as, [beta]
(b) (Chem.) To distinguish one of two or more isomers; also,
    to indicate the position of substituting atoms or groups
    in certain compounds; as, [beta]-naphthol. With acids, it
    commonly indicates that the substituent is in union with
    the carbon atom next to that to which the carboxyl group
    is attached.

Computing Dictionary
  1. Kristensen, Madsen <olmadsen@daimi.aau.dk>, Moller-Pedersen & Nygaard, 1983. Object-oriented language with block structure, coroutines, concurrency, strong typing, part objects, separate objects and classless objects. Central feature is a single abstraction mechanism called "patterns", a generalisation of classes, providing instantiation and hierarchical inheritance for all objects including procedures and processes.

    Mjolner Informatics ApS, Aarhus, implementations for Mac, Sun, HP, Apollo.

    E-mail: <info@mjolner.dk>.

    Mailing list: <usergroup@mjolner.dk>.

    ["Object-Oriented Programming in the BETA Programming Language", Ole Lehrmann et al, A-W June 1993, ISBN 0-201-62430-3].

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  2. /bay't*/, /be't*/ or (Commonwealth) /bee't*/

    See beta conversion, beta test.

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