1 a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides pilots in darkness or bad weather [syn: radio beam]
2 long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
3 a column of light (as from a beacon) [syn: beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation]
5 (nautical) breadth amidships
6 a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts [syn: balance beam]
1 smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression
2 emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light; "The sun shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces" [syn: shine]
3 express with a beaming face or smile; "he beamed his approval"
4 broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; "We cannot air this X-rated song" [syn: air, send, broadcast, transmit]
5 especially of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink; "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna" [syn: glow, radiate, shine]
6 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" [syn: glow, radiate, shine]
EtymologyMiddle English beem, Old English bēam, originally meaning "tree," cognate with Dutch boom, German Baum, Old High German boum "tree"
- Rhymes: -iːm
- 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.
- The maximum width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another; also called breadth. (FM 55-501).
- The crossbar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended.
- The principal stem of the antler of a deer.
- The pole of a carriage.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat.
- A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort.
- One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; -- called also beam feather.
- A horizontal bar which connects the stems of two or more notes to group them and to indicate metric value.
large piece of timber or iron
principal horizontal beam in a building
- Dutch: balk
- Finnish: palkki
transverse member of a ship's frame
- Finnish: palkki, poikittaispalkki
maximum width of a vessel
- Finnish: leveys
crossbar of a balance
- Finnish: orsi, varsi
principal stem of an antler
- Finnish: tyvi
pole of a carriage
- Dutch: dissel
- Finnish: aisa
part of a loom
shank of an anchor
- Finnish: valin
bar of a plow
- Finnish: runko
- Finnish: kiertokanki
hawk's wing feather
connector of notes
- Dutch: balk
- Finnish: palkki
- ttbc Albanian: tra
- ttbc Arabic: ,
- ttbc Bosnian: greda
- ttbc Croatian: greda , brvno
- ttbc French: solive (1, 2)
- ttbc Ido: trabo
- ttbc Romanian: bârnă
- ttbc Serbian:
- ttbc Spanish: travesaño
EtymologyFrom West Germanic *bauma-. Cognate with Old Frisian bām, Old Saxon bām (Dutch boom), Old High German boum (German Baum). The word is related in some way to Gothic 𐌱𐌰𐌲𐌼𐍃, Old Norse baðmr, suggesting a possible ultimate Germanic source *baugmaz.
- English: beam
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:
- Beam (music), a connection line in musical notation
- Balance beam (gymnastics), a piece of gymnastics equipment
- BEAM robotics, an automatically moving machine based on analog electronics
- Beam Software, a computer game developer
- BEAM.TV, a global distribution network
beam in Japanese: ビーム
beam in Simple English: Beam
beam in Thai: คาน
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