- 1The second letter of the Greek alphabet (Β, β), transliterated as ‘b’.More example sentences
- But, just in right now, Tropical Storm Gamma, the third letter of the Greek alphabet, alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and so on and so on.
- It probably had something to do with beta being the second letter in the Greek alphabet.
- He named them using the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and beta.
- 1.1 [as modifier] Denoting the second of a series of items, categories, forms of a chemical compound, etc.: beta carotene beta blockerMore example sentences
- For example, the babies are taught to be satisfied with their own caste of which there are five: alphas at the top, then betas, gammas, deltas, and epsilons at the bottom.
- Does a fetus attain an alpha / beta / theta/delta brainwave state?
- That smile. It shouts ‘hit me’ at every alpha male, and quite a few beta and zeta ones too.
- 1.3 • informal short for beta test.More example sentences
- Like dtSearch, it offers a list of words as you type, although Google has offered a limited version of this feature in beta for its main search engine.
- The online help files in our version were still in beta.
- Firefox and Mac version in beta in a couple of months.
- 1.4 (Beta) [followed by Latin genitive] Astronomy The second (typically second-brightest) star in a constellation: Beta VirginisMore example sentences
- These observation included that of the occultation of the star Beta Scorpii by the moon.
- The orbiting pair in Beta Persei consists of a star that is a younger version of our sun, along with a hotter companion.
- The vote was nearly unanimous, only Simon and a few officers who's planets had close ties to Beta Crucis.
- 1.5 [as modifier] Relating to beta decay or beta particles: beta emittersMore example sentences
- By 1963, the year of my parent's marriage, the average release of beta emitters from reactor effluent was 14, 500 curies per day.
- Titanium 45 has two forms, one a beta positive and gamma emitter with a half-life of 3.08 hours and a second form with a half-life of 21 days.
- In addition, a number of radioisotopes, both natural and man-made, have been identified as beta emitters.
- 1.6 (also beta coefficient) A measure of the movement in price of a security relative to the stock market as a whole, used to indicate possible risk: a fund with a beta of 0.58 is less volatileMore example sentences
- It we were to equate the rate of return on a bus firm's stock to the rate of return on the market portfolio (i.e. a beta coefficient of 1.0), then the risk-adjusted nominal cost of borrowing would be 25.03%.
- At age 17 the beta coefficient for Personal Meaning was - 1.88, while that for the next strongest construct, Interpersonal Understanding, was -.77.
- This point is illustrated by the reduction in the standardised beta coefficient of NA from .45.
via Latin from Greek.
More definitions of betaDefinition of beta in:
- The US English dictionary