Associations to the word «Beta»


BETA, adjective. Identifying a molecular position in an organic chemical compound.
BETA, adjective. Designates the second in an order of precedence.
BETA, adjective. (computing) Preliminary; prerelease. Refers to an incomplete version of a product released for initial testing.
BETA, adjective. (of a person, object or action) associated with the beta male/female archetype.
BETA, noun. 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.
BETA, noun. Used in marking scheme: α, β, γ or α+, α, α-, β etc.
BETA, noun. (finance) Average sensitivity of a security's price to overall securities market prices.
BETA, noun. (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.
BETA, noun. (computing) A computer program in such a phase; a preliminary version.
BETA, noun. (climbing) Information about a route which may aid someone in climbing it.
BETA, noun. (physics) A beta particle or beta ray.
BETA, noun. A beta fish, of the genus Betta.
BETA, noun. A beta male.
BETA, verb. (computing) To preliminarily release computer software for initial testing prior to final release.
BETA, verb. (chiefly Internet) To beta-read a text.
BETA, proper noun. Betamax.
BETA, proper noun. A scientific caste of people in the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
BETA BARREL, noun. A large beta sheet that twists and coils to form a closed structure in which the first strand is hydrogen-bonded to the last.
BETA BARRELS, noun. Plural of beta barrel
BETA BLOCKER, noun. (pharmaceutical drug) A blocking agent, one of a class of drugs used to treat hypertension and control the rate at which the heart beats.
BETA BLOCKERS, noun. Plural of beta blocker
BETA CANIS MAJORIS, proper noun. The second brightest star in the constellation of Canis Major.
BETA CARBON NITRIDE, noun. (chemistry) a theoretical binary compound of carbon and nitrogen, C3N4, that is thought would have properties similar to diamond or boron nitride
BETA CARBON NITRIDES, noun. Plural of beta carbon nitride
BETA CAROTENE, noun. Alternative spelling of beta-carotene
BETA CELL, noun. A kind of cell in the pancreas, located in the islets of Langerhans and primarily responsible for the storage and release of insulin.
BETA CELLS, noun. Plural of beta cell
BETA CENTAURI, proper noun. A blue giant star about 500 light years away that is the second brightest star in the constellation of Centaurus
BETA DECAY, noun. (physics) A nuclear reaction in which a beta particle (electron or positron) is emitted
BETA EMITTER, noun. A radioactive substance emitting beta particles.
BETA EMITTERS, noun. Plural of beta emitter
BETA ERROR, noun. (statistics) type II error
BETA ERRORS, noun. Plural of beta error
BETA FUNCTION, noun. (analysis) A mathematical function that is also called the Euler integral of the first kind, is a special function symmetric function.
BETA LYRAE, proper noun. A binary star system approximately 882 light-years away in the constellation Lyra.
BETA PARTICLE, noun. (particle) An energetic electron or positron produced as the result of a nuclear reaction or nuclear decay.
BETA PARTICLES, noun. Plural of beta particle
BETA RADIATION, noun. (physics) The radiation of beta particles as a result of radioactive decay
BETA READER, noun. A person proofreading another person's text before the latter makes it available to the general public.
BETA READERS, noun. Plural of beta reader
BETA REDUCE, verb. (computer science) (transitive or intransitive) To syntactically replace a function call by the result of calling that function.
BETA REDUCED, verb. Simple past tense and past participle of beta reduce
BETA REDUCES, verb. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of beta reduce
BETA REDUCING, verb. Present participle of beta reduce
BETA REDUCTION, noun. The act of beta reducing, an instance of replacing a function call by the result of calling a function.
BETA REDUCTIONS, noun. Plural of beta reduction
BETA SHEET, noun. (biochemistry) A secondary structure in proteins consisting of multiple strands connected laterally
BETA VERSION, noun. (computer) (technology) A development status given to a program or application that contains most of the major features, but is not yet complete. Sometimes these versions are released only to a select group of people, or to the general public. The testers are usually expected to report any bugs they encounter or any changes they'd like to see before the final release. This is the second major stage of development following the alpha version, and comes before the release candidate.
BETA VULGARIS, proper noun. A taxonomic species within the family Amaranthaceae   — the common beet, beetroot, sugar beet, and chard.
BETA WAVE, noun. (neurology) An electrical signal produced by the brain while the subject mentally active.

Dictionary definition

BETA, noun. The 2nd letter of the Greek alphabet.
BETA, noun. Beets.
BETA, adjective. Second in order of importance; "the candidate, considered a beta male, was perceived to be unable to lead his party to victory".
BETA, adjective. Preliminary or testing stage of a software or hardware product; "a beta version"; "beta software".

Wise words

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