- 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.
- 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 of beamorig. transl. of L columna lucis, column of light a 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 of beamMiddle 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 in one's own eye
Origin of beamafter Matt. 7:3, Luke 6:41
off the beam
- not following the direction of a guiding beam, as an airplane
- ☆ 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
- ☆ Informal
- going in the right direction
- working or functioning well; alert, keen, quick, etc.
- 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.
verbbeamed, beam·ing, beams
- 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 of beamMiddle English bem, from Old English bēam; see bheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use.
- One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building; one of the transverse members of a ship's frame on which the decks are laid - supported at the sides by knees in wooden ships and by stringers in steel ones.
- (nautical) The maximum width of a vessel
- This ship has more beam than that one.
- The crossbar of a mechanical balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended.
- The principal stem of the antler of a deer.
- (literary) The pole of a carriage.
- (textiles) A cylinder of wood, making part of a loom, on which weavers wind the warp before weaving and the cylinder on which the cloth is rolled, as it is woven.
- The straight part or shank of an anchor.
- The central bar 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.
- In steam engines, 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.
- A ray or collection of approximatelyly parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body
- a beam of light
- a beam of energy
- (figuratively) A ray; a gleam
- a beam of hope, or of comfort
- One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk.
- (music) A horizontal bar which connects the stems of two or more notes to group them and to indicate metric value.
- An elevated rectangular dirt pile used to cheaply build an elevated portion of a railway.
(third-person singular simple present beams, present participle beaming, simple past and past participle beamed)
- (intransitive) To emit beams of light; shine; radiate.
- to beam forth light
- (intransitive, figuratively) To smile broadly or especially cheerfully.
- To furnish or supply with beams; give the appearance of beams to.
- (science fiction) To transmit matter or information via a high-tech wireless mechanism.
- Beam me up, Scotty; there's no intelligent life down here.
- (currying) To stretch on a beam, as a hide.
- (weaving) To put on a beam, as a chain or web.
- (music) To connect (musical notes) with a beam, or thick line, in music notation.
- BAME, bema
From Middle English beem, from Old English bēam (“tree, cross, gallows, column, pillar, wood, beam, splint, post, stock, rafter, piece of wood”), from Proto-Germanic *baumaz (“tree, beam, balk”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhū- (“to grow, swell”). Cognate with West Frisian beam (“tree”), Dutch boom (“tree”), German Baum (“tree”), Albanian bimë (“a plant”) and Latin pōmō (“fruit tree”).