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  1. Beating. A beating action of the working leg when extended or bent. There are many types of battement, small and large.
  2. ["beating"]. A generic term for various movements in which the leg is extended and then returned. See grand battement and petit battement. This is also one of those words (like pas and temps) that are frequently omitted and understood; thus, for example, frappé is short for battement frappé, etc. In this list, look under the second word (e.g. under frappé, not under battement frappé. The only exception to this is battement tendu. Source: Vance's Fantastic - BALLET DICTIONARY