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Meaning of BEAM

Pronunciation:  beem

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts
  2. [n]  long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
  3. [n]  breadth amidships
  4. [n]  a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides pilots in darkness or bad weather
  5. [n]  a column of light (as from a beacon)
  6. [n]  a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
  7. [v]  smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression
  8. [v]  broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; "We cannot air this X-rated song"
  9. [v]  express with a beaming face or smile; "he beamed his approval"
  10. [v]  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"
  11. [v]  esp. of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink; "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"
  12. [v]  emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light; "The sun shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces"

BEAM is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: air, balance beam, beam of light, broadcast, electron beam, glow, glow, irradiation, light beam, radiate, radiate, radio beam, ray, ray of light, send, shaft, shaft of light, shine, shine, shine, transmit
 See Also: appear, balk, bare, baulk, beacon, beat down, blaze, box beam, box girder, broadness, burn, cantilever, cathode ray, crossbeam, crosspiece, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, evince, exerciser, experience, express, feel, flame, flare, flick, flicker, girder, glare, glow, gymnastic apparatus, header, heat ray, high beam, interrogate, joist, keel, keelson, laser beam, light, lintel, look, low beam, moonbeam, moonray, nonparticulate radiation, outshine, particle beam, publicise, publicize, rafter, rebroadcast, rerun, rider plate, ridge, ridgepole, rooftree, satellite, scintillate, seem, shimmer, shore, shoring, show, sign, signal, signaling, smile, sportscast, structural member, sunbeam, sunray, telecast, televise, tie, tie beam, timber, trave, traverse, twinkle, visible light, visible radiation, wideness, winkle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Beam\, n. [AS. be['a]m beam, post, tree, ray of light;
    akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b?m, D. boom, OHG. boum,
    poum, G. baum, Icel. ba?mr, Goth. bahms and Gr. ? a growth, ?
    to become, to be. Cf. L. radius staff, rod, spoke of a wheel,
    beam or ray, and G. strahl arrow, spoke of a wheel, ray or
    beam, flash of lightning. ?97. See {Be}; cf. {Boom} a spar.]
    1. Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to
       its thickness, and prepared for use.
    2. One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or
             The beams of a vessel are strong pieces of timber
             stretching across from side to side to support the
             decks.                                --Totten.
    3. The width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more
       beam than another.
    4. The bar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales
       are suspended.
             The doubtful beam long nods from side to side.
    5. The principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which
       bears the antlers, or branches.
    6. The pole of a carriage. [Poetic] --Dryden.
    7. 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.
    8. The straight part or shank of an anchor.
    9. 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.
    10. (Steam Engine) 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}.
    11. A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun
        or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat.
              How far that little candle throws his beams !
    12. Fig.: A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort.
              Mercy with her genial beam.          --Keble.
    13. One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; -- called
        also {beam feather}.
    {Abaft the beam} (Naut.), in an arc of the horizon between a
       line that crosses the ship at right angles, or in the
       direction of her beams, and that point of the compass
       toward which her stern is directed.
    {Beam center} (Mach.), the fulcrum or pin on which the
       working beam of an engine vibrates.
    {Beam compass}, an instrument consisting of a rod or beam,
       having sliding sockets that carry steel or pencil points;
       -- used for drawing or describing large circles.
    {Beam engine}, a steam engine having a working beam to
       transmit power, in distinction from one which has its
       piston rod attached directly to the crank of the wheel
    {Before the beam} (Naut.), in an arc of the horizon included
       between a line that crosses the ship at right angles and
       that point of the compass toward which the ship steers.
    {On the beam}, in a line with the beams, or at right angled
       with the keel.
    {On the weather beam}, on the side of a ship which faces the
    {To be on her beam ends}, to incline, as a vessel, so much on
       one side that her beams approach a vertical position.
  2. \Beam\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beamed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
    To send forth; to emit; -- followed ordinarily by forth; as,
    to beam forth light.
  3. \Beam\, v. i.
    To emit beams of light.
          He beamed, the daystar of the rising age. --Trumbull.
Computing Dictionary

[Star Trek Classic's "Beam me up, Scotty!"] To transfer softcopy of a file electronically; most often in combining forms such as "beam me a copy" or "beam that over to his site". Compare blast, snarf, blt.

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Easton Bible Dictionary

occurs in the Authorized Version as the rendering of various Hebrew words. In 1 Sam. 17:7, it means a weaver's frame or principal beam; in Hab. 2:11, a crossbeam or girder; 2 Kings 6:2, 5, a cross-piece or rafter of a house; 1 Kings 7:6, an architectural ornament as a projecting step or moulding; Ezek. 41:25, a thick plank. In the New Testament the word occurs only in Matt. 7:3, 4, 5, and Luke 6:41, 42, where it means (Gr. dokos) a large piece of wood used for building purposes, as contrasted with "mote" (Gr. karphos), a small piece or mere splinter. "Mote" and "beam" became proverbial for little and great faults.

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