Loser vs Beta - What's the difference?

loser | beta |

As a verb loser

is .

As a noun beta is

beta (the name of the second letter of the greek alphabet ( )).




(en noun)
  • A person who loses; one who fails to win or thrive.
  • In a two-horse race there is always one winner and one loser .
    He was always a good loser .
  • Something of poor quality.
  • That dictionary is a loser !
  • A person who is frequently unsuccessful in life.
  • That guy is a born loser !
    I’m a constant loser in love.
  • (derogatory) A contemptible or unfashionable person.
  • That person is a loser !
  • One who or that which loses something, such as extra weight, car keys, etc.
  • * 1999 , Larry Medsker, ?Lakhmi C. Jain, Recurrent Neural Networks: Design and Applications (ISBN 0849371813), page 192:
  • Another way to speed search (in general) is to order or bias the hypothesis space based on some heuristic. Suppose you are a habitual car key loser and that you keep track of where your keys turn up after each search.
  • * 2004 , Marianna S. Katona, Tales from the Berlin Wall: Recollections of Frequent Crossings (ISBN 3833404396):
  • But a West German reporting a lost passport in East Berlin during the years of the Wall was treated to a criminal investigation, with the passport loser as the potential criminal.
  • * 2005', Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, ''The Biggest '''Loser : The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health and Life (ISBN 13: 978-1-59486-384-4)
  • * 2009 , Jane Bryant Quinn, Making the Most of Your Money Now
  • You're counting on this insurance company to pay you a check many years in the future. But for some companies, disability coverage has been a money loser .
  • * 2010 , Cutting Myself in Half: 150 Pounds Lost, One Byte at a Time (ISBN 0757313590), page 109:
  • You have to think of yourself as an already amazing person who's hiding behind extra weight—a superhero in a disguise. If you follow the program, change the message from “I'm a big loser” to “I'm a big weight loser .”


    * (person who consistently loses) failure


    * winner

    Derived terms

    * born loser * loser cruiser * loser sign * sore loser * three-time loser


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  • Identifying a molecular position in an organic chemical compound.
  • Designates the second in an order of precedence.
  • (computing) Preliminary; prerelease. Refers to an incomplete version of a product released for initial testing.
  • associated with the beta male/female archetype.
  • Derived terms

    * * * alphabet * * beta blocker * beta coefficient * beta decay * beta emitter * betalike * beta particle * beta ray * beta reader * beta version * Betamax * betatron


    (en noun)
  • The name of the second letter of the Greek alphabet ( sound of '''v found in the English words ''have'' and ''vase .
  • Used in marking scheme: ?, ?, ? or ?+, ?, ?-, ? etc.
  • (finance) Average sensitivity of a security's price to overall securities market prices.
  • (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.
  • (computing) A computer program in such a phase; a preliminary version.
  • * 2007 , Michael Lopp, Managing Humans (page 107)
  • He quickly deduced our goal—ship a quality beta —but he also quickly discerned that we had no idea about the quality of the product because of our pile of untriaged bugs.
  • (climbing) Information about a route which may aid someone in climbing it.
  • (physics) A beta particle or beta ray.
  • A beta fish, of the genus Betta .
  • A beta male.
  • * 2006 , Catherine Mann, Blaze of Glory , Harlequin (2006), ISBN 9781459228252, unnumbered page:
  • “I guess in your psychological language of alpha males and beta males, I would be firmly in the camp that prefers the more laid-back betas ,” she took a deep breath, “like your father.”
  • * 2010 , L. A. Banks, "Dog Tired (of the Drama!)", in Blood Lite II: Overbite (ed. Kevin J. Anderson), Gallery Books (2010), ISBN 9781439187654, page 121:
  • “They want sexy, virile alpha males, yes? But that doesn't come with sensitive and loyal and all of that. That's a beta . A frickin' collie, Lola.
  • * 2010 , Terry Spear, Wolf Fever , Sourcebooks Casablanca (2010), ISBN 9781402237577, page 24:
  • She'd always had a thing for alpha males. Not that she had any intention of being bossed around, even if one had her best interests at heart. Her fascination with alphas was that they were a challenge. Betas didn't hold much of an appeal.

    Derived terms

    * betavoltaic * betavoltaics


    (en verb)
  • (computing) To preliminarily release computer software for initial testing prior to final release.
  • (chiefly, Internet) To beta-read a text.
  • * 1999, sqira a., in alt.tv.x-files.creative [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.tv.x-files.creative/msg/29d32d27e61755f2?dmode=source]
  • My thanks to Heather; who read it and betaed it. Thank you.
  • * 2000 , Elizabeth Durack, quoted in Angelina I. Karpovich, “The Audience as Editor: The Role of Beta Readers in Online Fan Fiction Communities” (essay), in Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse (editors), Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet , McFarland (2006), ISBN 9780786426409, page 180,
  • Beta’ing is time-consuming, so asking a lot of people to give you a detailed analysis isn’t the most polite thing to do.
  • * 2002, Jane Davitt, in alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative/msg/9301606b391212c0?dmode=source]
  • The next part is written and beta'd (thanks, Jen!), ready to go but <shuffles feet> I haven't even started what should be the final part yet.
  • * 2002, Karmen Ghia, in alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated/msg/8405f53e8acbb0c1?dmode=source]
  • I had the honor of betaing this story and as I was doing the first read through I had the odd, but lovely, experience when a story suspends the reader in its own rhythm and flow, its own reality.


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