Definitions of beam

  1. a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts
  2. emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light; " The sun shone bright that day"; " The fire beamed on their faces"
  3. long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
  4. breadth amidships
  5. a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides pilots in darkness or bad weather
  6. a column of light ( as from a beacon)
  7. smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression
  8. broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; " We cannot air this X- rated song"
  9. express with a beaming face or smile; " he beamed his approval"
  10. esp. of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink; " Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"
  11. experience a feeling of well- being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion; " She was beaming with joy"; " Her face radiated with happiness"
  12. ( nautical) breadth amidships
  13. especially of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink; " Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"
  14. Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use.
  15. One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or ship.
  16. The width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another.
  17. The principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which bears the antlers, or branches.
  18. The pole of a carriage.
  19. A cylinder of wood, making part of a loom, on which weavers wind the warp before weaving; also, the cylinder on which the cloth is rolled, as it is woven; one being called the fore beam, the other the back beam.
  20. The straight part or shank of an anchor.
  21. The main part of a plow, to which the handles and colter are secured, and to the end of which are attached the oxen or horses that draw it.
  22. A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat.
  23. Fig.: A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort.
  24. To emit beams of light.
  25. To shine.
  26. A heavy iron lever having an oscillating motion on a central axis, one end of which is connected with the piston rod from which it receives motion, and the other with the crank of the wheel shaft; - called also working beam or walking beam.
  27. One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; - called also beam feather.
  28. To send forth; to emit; - followed ordinarily by forth; as, to beam forth light.
  29. A long piece of timber or iron used to support the rafters of a building; one of the principal crosswise horizontal timbers of a building or ship; the extreme breadth of a ship; the bar of a balance on which the scales are hung; a ray or the parallel rays of light given out from the sun or any other body which gives forth light.
  30. To send forth, as rays of light.
  31. Beaming.
  32. Beamingly.
  33. A large and straight piece of timber or iron forming one of the main supports of a building, ship, etc.: the part of a balance from which the scales hang: the pole of a carriage: a cylinder of wood in a loom: a ray of light.
  34. To send forth light: to shine.
  35. A large piece of timber; a ray of light.
  36. Beamy.
  37. To send out rays; to shine.
  38. To send out as rays of light.
  39. To furnish with beams.
  40. To burnish.
  41. To shine; be radiant.
  42. A long horizontal piece of wood, stone, or metal in the frame of a building.
  43. The bar of a balance.
  44. A ray of light, or a group of rays.
  45. A large piece of timber or metal laid across the walls to support the principal rafters in a building; a transverse piece of timber, the width of a ship, supporting the deck and staying the sides; any large and long piece of timber; the part of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended; the pole of a carriage; a cylinder, or part of a loom, on which weavers wind the warp; also, a cylinder on which the cloth is rolled, as it is woven; the main piece of a plough, in which the plough- tails are fixed, and by which it is drawn; the shank of an anchor; the part on the head of a stag which bears the antlers; a collection of parallel rays of light emitted from the sun, or other luminous body; a ray.
  46. To send forth; to emit.
  47. To emit rays of light; to shine. On the beam, at right angles to the keel. On her beam ends, when a ship is thrown so much over on one side that the beams approach a vertical position. To be on one's beam ends, to be in extreme embarrassment.
  48. Any large and long piece of timber or iron; the principal piece of timber in a building; the rod from which the scales are suspended; the horn of a stag; ray of light.
  49. To throw out rays, as the sun; to dart; to glitter or shine.

Usage examples for beam

  1. Sheila shot the beam of her light on the thin, drawn face. – Police Your Planet by Lester del Rey
  2. Polikarpych's rooms gave on the yard, and a broad beam of light from the window fell across Gerasim's way. – Best Russian Short Stories by Various
  3. This time I determined not to let the precious beam escape me. – Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I. by John L. Stephens
  4. The beam may fall. – The Heart's Kingdom by Maria Thompson Daviess
  5. The boat, or rather float, was about twenty feet in length and some five feet in beam. – The Border Boys Across the Frontier by Fremont B. Deering
  6. Revenge makes it kick the beam; and Passion; and even momentary Whim. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  7. He gasped hoarsely, and heard their startled voices stop, while the flashlight beam swung around, to pick him out in the darkness. – Pursuit by Lester del Rey
  8. He had a steel boat, eighteen feet long, forty inches beam, which he had built in the hours between work and sleep during the greater part of a year. – The River and I by John G. Neihardt
  9. Its stars now beam with a brighter lustre. – The Freedmen's Book by Lydia Maria Child
  10. " Do you know," she said abruptly, " that Lanigan Beam is coming back?" – The Squirrel Inn by Frank R. Stockton
  11. An involuntary beam from her eyes thanked him for her title at that juncture of the dialogue. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  12. A is the end of a house; it's just like one with a beam across. – The Ship of Stars by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  13. Poor Miss Dawkins was left in Cairo for some time on her beam ends. – An Unprotected Female at the Pyramids by Anthony Trollope
  14. The pillars stood firm in solid ground, into which the weight of the cross- beam pressed them yet more firmly. – Brother Copas by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  15. He'll get off his beam ends, and right himself though, yet, I guess. – The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  16. He delivered the bag, and going back stopped at a spot where Festing and some others were fitting the end of a heavy beam into a pole. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  17. Why, you can get a good, stout knitting- needle for a beam. – Rollo's Museum by Jacob Abbott
  18. " 'He must of climbed to the beam, made the rope fast, and jumped, ' said the foreman, solemnly. – Humorous Ghost Stories by Dorothy Scarborough
  19. Upon my word, said Lanigan Beam, putting his arms on the table, and leaning forward, this is interesting. – The Squirrel Inn by Frank R. Stockton
  20. Bass had brought out with him from England a small boat, only eight feet long, with a five foot beam, named by him the Tom Thumb on account of her size. – The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders by Ernest Scott