Definitions for: Beam

[n] a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts
[n] long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
[n] breadth amidships
[n] a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides pilots in darkness or bad weather
[n] a column of light (as from a beacon)
[n] a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
[v] smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression
[v] broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; "We cannot air this X-rated song"
[v] express with a beaming face or smile; "he beamed his approval"
[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"
[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"
[v] emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light; "The sun shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

Beam, v. i.
To emit beams of light.

He beamed, the daystar of the rising age. --Trumbull.

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

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