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  1. beam
    IPA[bēm]
  2. noun

    • 1. a long, sturdy piece of squared timber or metal spanning an opening or part of a building, usually to support the roof or floor above:

      there are very fine oak beams in the oldest part of the house the cottage boasts a wealth of exposed beams
    • 2. another term for balance beam

    • 3. a horizontal piece of squared timber or metal supporting the deck and joining the sides of a ship:

      the watertight skin and deck were put on over this framework of ribs and beams
    • 4. the direction of an object visible from the port or starboard side of a ship when it is perpendicular to the center line of the vessel:

      there was land in sight on the port beam
    • 5. a ship's breadth at its widest point:

      a cutter with a beam of 16 feet
    • 6. the width of a person's hips:

      notice how broad in the beam she's getting?
    • 7. the main stem of a stag's antler:

      the wide beams sprouted ten main tines
    • 8. the crossbar of a balance.

    • 9. (especially in a stationary steam engine) an oscillating shaft through which the vertical piston movement is transmitted to the crank or pump.

    • 10. the main timber of a horse-drawn plow.

    • 11. a ray or shaft of light:

      a beam of light flashed in front of her the flashlight beam dimmed perceptibly
    • 12. a directional flow of particles or radiation:

      beams of electrons
    • 13. a series of radio or radar signals emitted to serve as a navigational guide for ships or aircraft:

      the detector simply pinpoints the radar beams that other ships transmit
    • 14. a radiant or good-natured look or smile:

      a beam of satisfaction
      Synonym : grin, smile, bright look

    verb

    • 1. transmit (a radio signal or broadcast) in a specified direction:

      beaming a distress signal into space the TV station begins beaming into homes in the new year
      Synonym : broadcast, transmit, relay, send/put out, disseminate, direct, aim, televise, show, telecast, put on the air/airwaves
    • 2. (in science fiction) transport someone instantaneously to another place, especially to or from a spaceship:

      Scotty, beam me up!
    • 3. (of a light or light source) shine brightly:

      the sun's rays beamed down
    • 4. smile radiantly:

      she beamed with pleasure a beaming smile
      Synonym : grin, smile, dimple, grin like a Cheshire Cat, twinkle, smirk, laugh, be all smiles
    • 5. express (an emotion) with a radiant smile:

      the teacher beamed her approval “Isn't that wonderful, Beatrice?” beamed the nun
    • 6. construct a ceiling with exposed beams:

      vaulted beamed ceilings in the family room
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: beam, plural noun: beams

    • v.: verb: beam, 3rd person present: beams, gerund or present participle: beaming, past tense: beamed, past participle: beamed

    • noun

      a long, sturdy piece of squared timber or metal used to support the roof or floor of a building:

      a narrow, raised horizontal piece of squared timber on which a gymnast balances while performing exercises:

    • verb

      transmit (a radio signal or broadcast) in a specified direction:

      (in science fiction) transport someone instantaneously to or from a spaceship:

    • noun

      a narrow horizontal bar raised off the floor, on which a gymnast balances while performing exercises.

      the set of exercises performed on a balance beam.

    • noun

      the brightest setting of a vehicle's headlights.

      the headlights of a vehicle when set on high beam:

    • noun

      a setting of a vehicle's headlights providing short-range illumination, used on lit roads and when visible to oncoming traffic.

      the headlights of a vehicle when set on low beam.

    • noun

      a device for dividing a beam of light or other electromagnetic radiation into two or more separate beams.
    • noun

      a stream of electrons in a gas or vacuum.
    • noun

      a horizontal wooden joist or beam connecting two rafters and forming with them an A-shaped roof truss.
    • noun

      the brightest setting of a vehicle's headlights; high beam:
    • noun

      a horizontal beam connecting two rafters in a roof or roof truss.
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