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A beta version of a program, game etc… is an unfinished version released to either the public a select few or whoever signs up to beta test it for bugs or glitches (Source: Urban Dictionary) The focus of beta testing is reducing impacts to users The process of delivering a beta version to the users is called beta release and this is typically the first time that the software is available outside of the organization that developed it. (Source WikiPedia)

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
beta (noun)
the 2d letter of the Greek alphabet - see alphabet table
- beta particle
a measure of the risk potential of a stock or an investment portfolio expressed as a ratio of the stock's or portfolio's volatility to the volatility of the market as a whole
a nearly complete prototype of a product (as software) - released in beta the beta version
beta (adjective)
second in position in the structure of an organic molecule from a particular group or atom - beta substitution often used in combination symbol ?
Beta (Wikipedia)

Beta (UK: /ˈbtə/, US: /ˈbtə/; uppercaseΒ, lowercaseβ, or cursiveϐ; Ancient Greek: βῆτα, romanizedbē̂ta or Greek: βήτα, romanizedvíta) is the second letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 2. In Ancient Greek, beta represented the voiced bilabial plosive /b/. In Modern Greek, it represents the voiced labiodental fricative /v/ (while /b/ in foreign words is instead commonly transcribed as μπ). Letters that arose from beta include the Roman letter ⟨B⟩ and the Cyrillic letters ⟨Б⟩ and ⟨В⟩.

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