- The definition of beam is a piece of wood, metal or steel which is typically long and squared that can be used as a building material.
An example of a beam is a 24 inch by 24 inch square piece of wood used in the framing of a house.
- Beam is defined as a column of light, or a condensed flowing of particles, waves, or signals.
- An example of a beam is the illumination produced from a lighthouse.
- An example of a beam is the electromagnetic waves generated to broadcast a radio station to the public.
- Beam means to release a column of light, or to release a condensed flowing of particles, waves, or signals of any type.
- An example of beam is to turn on a car’s headlights.
- An example of beam is to operate an x-ray machine whose electromagnetic waves allow it to see through solid objects.
- An example of beam is to send out radio signals from a satellite in order for people to enjoy a variety of music from their vehicle and/or TV.
- Beam is to grin from ear to ear with happiness.
An example of beam is to smile big when graduating from college.
Beam of light shining through the trees.
beam definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete the squared-off trunk of a tree
- a long, thick piece of wood, metal, or stone, used in building
- such a piece used as a horizontal support for a roof, ceiling, etc.
Origin: orig. transl. of L columna lucis, column of lighta shaft or stream of light or other radiation, as of X-rays or nuclear particles: also used figuratively a radiant look, smile, etc. a stream of radio or radar signals sent continuously in one direction from a landing field, harbor, etc. as a guide for incoming aircraft or ships
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English a tree, piece of wood, column; akin to German baum, Dutch boom, tree
- to give out (shafts of light); radiate in a beam or beams
- to direct or aim (a radio signal, program, etc.)
- to construct (a ceiling) so that the beams are exposed
- to shine brightly; be radiant
- to smile warmly
beam definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A squared-off log or a large, oblong piece of timber, metal, or stone used especially as a horizontal support in construction.
- Nautical a. A transverse structural member of a ship's frame, used to support a deck and to brace the sides against stress.b. The breadth of a ship at the widest point.c. The side of a ship: sighted land off the starboard beam.
- Informal The widest part of a person's hips: broad in the beam.
- A steel tube or wooden roller on which the warp is wound in a loom.
- An oscillating lever connected to an engine piston rod and used to transmit power to the crankshaft.
- a. The bar of a balance from which weighing pans are suspended.b. Sports A balance beam.
- The main horizontal bar on a plow to which the share, colter, and handles are attached.
- One of the main stems of a deer's antlers.
- a. A ray or shaft of light.b. A concentrated stream of particles or a similar propagation of waves: a beam of protons; a beam of light.
- A radio beam.
- To radiate light; shine.
- To smile expansively.
- To emit or transmit: beam a message via satellite.
- To express by means of a radiant smile: He beamed his approval of the new idea.
Origin: Middle English bem, from Old English bēam; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
beam - Computer Definition
beam - Phrases/Idioms
beam in one's own eye
Etymology: after Matt. 7:3, Luke 6:41
off the beam
- not following the direction of a guiding beam, as an airplane
- â Informal
- going in the wrong direction
- wrong; incorrect
on the beam
- in a direction at right angles to the keel of a ship; abeam
- following the direction of a guiding beam, as an airplane
- â Informal
- going in the right direction
- working or functioning well; alert, keen, quick, etc.
on the beam
- Following a radio beam. Used of aircraft.
- On the right track; operating correctly.