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Definitions of beam

  1. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To send forth; to emit; - followed ordinarily by forth; as, to beam forth light. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To send forth, as rays of light. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To send forth light: to shine. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To send out as rays of light. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To furnish with beams. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To burnish. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. To emit beams of light. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To shine. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To send out rays; to shine. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. express with a beaming face or smile; "he beamed his approval" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. esp. of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink; "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. To shine; be radiant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To send forth; to emit. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To throw out rays, as the sun; to dart; to glitter or shine. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. breadth amidships Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. (nautical) breadth amidships Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. especially of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink; "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or ship. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. The width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. The principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which bears the antlers, or branches. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. The pole of a carriage. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. The straight part or shank of an anchor. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Fig.: A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; - called also beam feather. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  35. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  36. A large piece of timber; a ray of light. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  37. Beamy. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  38. A long horizontal piece of wood, stone, or metal in the frame of a building. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. The bar of a balance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  40. A ray of light, or a group of rays. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  42. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  43. Beamingly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  44. Beaming. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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
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