beta Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “beta” in the English Dictionary

"beta" in British English

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betanoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈbiː.tə/  us   /ˈbeɪ.t̬ə/ (symbol B, β)
the second ​letter of the ​Greekalphabet

betaadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈbiː.tə/  us   /ˈbeɪ.t̬ə/
Beta ​software is at the second ​stage of ​development: a beta disk You can ​download the betaversion from the ​website.
(Definition of beta from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"beta" in Business English

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uk   /ˈbiːtə/  us   /ˈbeɪtə/
IT used to describe a ​product or ​system that is at the second ​stage of ​development and that is being ​tested by a few ​customers before it is ​offered for ​sale: beta ​software

betanoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈbiːtə/
IT →  beta version : The beta is still being ​tested.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET →  beta coefficient : Shares with a beta greater than one are more ​volatile than the ​market. During the recent ​bullmarket, high beta ​sharessubstantiallyoutperformedlow beta ​shares.
(Definition of beta from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “beta”
in Chinese (Simplified) 希腊语字母表的第2个字母…
in Chinese (Traditional) 希臘文字母表的第二個字母…
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