beam

noun
1》 a long sturdy piece of squared timber or metal used horizontally in building to support a load above.
    ↘a narrow horizontal length of squared timber used for balancing exercises in gymnastics.
2》 a horizontal beam supporting the deck and joining the sides of a ship.
    ↘the direction of an object visible from the side of a ship when it is perpendicular to the centre line of the vessel: there was land in sight on the port beam.
    ↘a ship's breadth at its widest point.
3》 a ray or shaft of light.
    ↘a directional flow of particles or radiation.
    ↘a series of radio or radar signals emitted as a navigational guide.
4》 a radiant smile.
5》 the crossbar of a balance.
6》 an oscillating shaft in a beam engine.
7》 the shank of an anchor.
verb
1》 transmit (a radio signal or broadcast) in a specified direction.
2》 shine brightly.
3》 smile radiantly.
Phrases
a beam in one's eye a fault that is greater in oneself than in the person one is finding fault with. [with biblical allusion to Matt. 7:3.]
off beam informal on the wrong track.
on her (or its) beam ends (of a ship) heeled over on its side.
Origin
OE bēam 'tree, beam', of W. Gmc origin.

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  • Beam — (b[=e]m), n. [AS. be[ a]m beam, post, tree, ray of light; akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b[=o]m, D. boom, OHG. boum, poum, G. baum, Icel. ba[eth]mr, Goth. bagms and Gr. fy^ma a growth, fy^nai to become, to be. Cf. L. radius staff, rod, spoke of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beam — may refer to: *Beam (structure), a construction element *Beam (nautical), the most extreme width (or breadth) of a nautical vessel, or a point alongside the ship at the mid point of its length *A narrow, propagating stream of particles or energy …   Wikipedia

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  • beam — ► NOUN 1) a long piece of timber or metal used as a support in building. 2) a narrow horizontal length of timber for balancing on in gymnastics. 3) a ray or shaft of light or particles. 4) a radiant smile. 5) a ship s breadth at its widest point …   English terms dictionary

  • beam — [bēm] n. [ME < OE, a tree, piece of wood, column; akin to Ger baum, Du boom, tree] 1. Obs. the squared off trunk of a tree 2. a) a long, thick piece of wood, metal, or stone, used in building b) such a piece used as a horizontal support for a… …   English World dictionary

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