American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The version of a software product used in a beta test.
- n. 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.
“To this day, they say he set me up, that he knew I’d take the New Hampshire job when he dangled more RNC work before me; that the New Hampshire program was only a test run, a beta version of a new campaign strategy they intended to use in other close races—and that the RNC had dispatched Tobin to find a disposable non-Bushie to try it out with.”
Looking for tweets for beta version.