Beta can have any of the following meanings:

  • Beta (Β β) is the 2nd letter of the Greek alphabet and has a numeric value of 2. Beta should not be confused with a similar-looking but unrelated letter in German language orthography, .
  • In software development, a "beta version" of a product is one that is still in development but is published for testing purpose. See development stage.
  • BETA is an object-oriented programming language.
  • Beta is an abbreviation for Betamax.
  • In Rock climbing, a slang term for information about the movements needed to do a specific climb. As in "I'm having trouble getting up this route - could you give me some beta?"
  • Beta is a plant genus (family Chenopodiaceae).

The American pronunciation is "bA-ta" with a long "A" whereas the British pronunciation is "bE-ta" with a long "E" [1]. See: American and British English differences

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