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a beaming/radiant smile (=when you are very happy)
▪ ‘I’m so pleased,’ she told him with a beaming smile.
a beam/ray/shaft of light (=a thin line of light)
▪ There was a shaft of light from the doorway.
a shaft/ray/beam of sunlight
▪ A shaft of sunlight illuminated the left side of his face.
balance beam
full beam
high beams
▪ The low beams of a car flickered as it curved the bend in the road.
▪ His silks, his plaited hair, his very foreign-ness seemed out of place amongst the low oak beams and sturdy yeoman furniture.
▪ Corbett, unused to the gentle rocking of the ship and the low beams, banged his head as he straightened up.
▪ At one curve in the road the driver stopped and flashed his main beams.
▪ Between the main beams, lengths of steel decking are laid side by side, each hooking into its neighbor.
▪ At this point, the outer edge of the box will simply be resting on the main beam.
▪ Sam Oglethorpe's narrow beam of light showed it to be swinging open.
▪ Unless the narrow pencil beam was pointed precisely at Earth, they could neither receive nor transmit.
▪ The positive ions are accelerated to a narrow beam by the use of negative plates and a high voltage.
▪ The torch is switched on by twisting the head and you can choose between either a narrow or wide beam.
▪ There are many fine old beams.
▪ Problem: Thirdfloor rear walls in old rowhouses often are masonry supported only by an old wood beam at the level below.
▪ A typical students' pub, full of old beams and smoke and noise.
▪ The Jolly Judge has some interesting old beams and painted murals.
▪ Cream, maybe ... magnolia; go better with the old beams.
▪ Sandy was suspended by a rope attached to an old beam next to the ladder leading to the tower.
▪ In the new pine kitchen, old beams are still very much at home.
▪ Inside there are old beams, inglenook fireplaces, oriental carpets and a warm and friendly ambience.
▪ The roofs are flat, fully exposed to the rain, made by packing mud on wooden reeds resting on wooden beams.
▪ Before the coarse brown fabric hung an austere gibbet, constructed of two weathered wooden beams.
▪ All the tables and chairs are of solid dark wood to match the dark stained original wooden beams of the mill.
▪ It was made of corrugated metal and wooden beams and had scores of windows that could be broken but not shattered.
▪ The wooden beams and ceiling were crackling in the extreme heat.
▪ The warehouses are built of stone and have wooden beam hoists on the gable walls.
▪ Beam fire: A wooden beam in a chimney caught fire at a house in Darlington Road, Northallerton.
▪ Their nest is in the wooden beams, some 15 feet above the floor.
▪ Alternatively, electron beam machines are used.
▪ Fire a high energy electron beam at a metal target and bremsstrahlung effect produces intense X-rays.
▪ A basic example occurs in an electron beam - so important in television and radio.
▪ The device is fabricated in Gallium Arsenide using electron beam lithography to define special side-gated channels.
▪ At Wanlockhead, to the south, the Straitsteps mine remains include a primitive water-powered beam engine for draining the mine.
▪ Murdock's sun and planet gear to obtain rotary motion from Watt's beam engines.
▪ He invented the Cornish engine, a beam engine of Brobdingnagian proportions used mainly for pumping water out of tin mines.
▪ Five pairs of nineteenth-century fulling stocks are preserved here, as well as the eighteen-foot breastshot waterwheel and a rotative beam engine.
▪ An 1840 Cornish beam engine remains at the Levant mine, and is preserved by the National Trust.
▪ Its motion can be detected - for example, by deflecting a laser beam that bounces off a mirror attached to the needle.
▪ Even in a stream of traffic the laser beam can isolate the offending vehicles with an accurate read out of speed and range.
▪ For obvious reasons, laser beams or submerged fluorescent wires can not be used to mark the start line.
▪ Calibration is done insitu using a chopped laser beam to provide a known heat increment.
▪ Stereolithography works by steering laser beams through a photosensitive liquid that solidifies when it is exposed to enough light.
▪ In this technique atoms have their velocities reduced by running head-on into a laser beam tuned to their transition frequency.
▪ The encoding is done by a fine laser beam burning a series of microscopic pits into the disc surface.
▪ A framework of steel beams supports the concrete slab floor plates.
▪ And now the hospital bill hovered overhead too, yet one more steel beam threatening to bring them all down.
▪ Down below, he could see the single torch beam which illuminated Devlin, the girl and Gilbert.
▪ They gazed into my torch beam like cons caught in razor wire.
▪ Caught in the torch beam were a pair of eyes, glittering ebony pupils widening in shock.
▪ Bernice ran forward into the darkness, her torch beam bobbing in front of her.
▪ He swept the torch beam round the short passage and saw the two cell doors on his left were ajar.
▪ Something scuttled out of the torch beam, hopping across the ceiling lathes into the shadows.
▪ The launcher for the medium-range version will incorporate a projector that produces a beam of infrared radiation.
▪ It is also produced by the projector beam in a smoky cinema.
▪ Darken the room. Shine the flashlight beam at the bowl.
▪ A girder is a beam that supports other beams or is made up of separate beams joined together.
broad in the beam
on full beam
supporting wall/beam etc
▪ The roof was in an appalling state and the supporting beams were rotten.
▪ There was a portico, generally of wood, with posts supporting beams, and decoration was in terracotta.
▪ a 55-ton concrete beam
▪ Maggie stumbled across the field with only a narrow beam of light from her flashlight to help her.
▪ We could see the beams of searchlights scanning the sky.
▪ Break the beam and it shoots you.
▪ He thought about hanging himself from the roof beam, but lacked the resolve.
▪ Her head hit the beam and she slid down and hit her shoulder.
▪ Q.. My ceiling has painted beams that intersect at several crossing points.
▪ The Commission will, of course, have a spy beam on our conversation.
▪ The following day Paula's body was found hanging from a beam in the garage.
▪ Using handholds in the wood to steady herself, she crept back along the beam, hauling Simon along with her.
▪ Then Shaaban arrived - strongly built, short in height, his dark flat-featured face beaming with pleasure.
▪ Miss Sadie paused for a moment, her face beaming, and looked around the room.
▪ Three faces lit up, beaming in upon what they thought was a crucial fact.
▪ Kirov ran across the room, beaming with pleasure.
▪ I tried the new version, and Loi beamed with pleasure.
▪ Then Shaaban arrived - strongly built, short in height, his dark flat-featured face beaming with pleasure.
▪ He beamed with pleasure at her attention and, hoping Harry would notice, Cora-Beth began flirting with him.
▪ BDe Mori beams with pleasure and shakes hands all around.
Beam me out of here!
▪ After the song was over, Miss Timms beamed at the class.
▪ At the celebration, he beamed proudly.
▪ Daddy sat in the first pew, beaming with pride.
▪ Her parents stood there beaming as she went up to receive the prize.
▪ Just a short time before, they had been beaming with optimism.
▪ The images are beamed directly from a satellite.
▪ The water sparkled and the sun beamed brightly.
▪ Even Sabina was pleased, and Gabby was beaming.
▪ Farther down the line, 13-year-old Anne Fischer of Northridge beamed with excitement.
▪ Once we have landed on Mars we will be able to beam it to the galaxy, he said.
▪ Ralph nodded, beamed, situated his hat.
▪ The curtains opened again and Uncle Philip stood next to his doll, beaming proudly.
▪ The fans cheered, and the athletes beamed.
▪ They mug for cameras, hug their parents, and beam with pride.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Beam \Beam\ (b[=e]m), n. [AS. be['a]m beam, post, tree, ray of light; akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b[=o]m, D. boom, OHG. boum, poum, G. baum, Icel. ba[eth]mr, Goth. bagms and Gr. fy^ma a growth, fy^nai 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. [root]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 ship.

    The beams of a vessel are strong pieces of timber stretching across from side to side to support the decks.

  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]

  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.

  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 shaft.

    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 angles with the keel.

    On the weather beam, on the side of a ship which faces the wind.

    To be on her beam ends, to incline, as a vessel, so much on one side that her beams approach a vertical position.


Beam \Beam\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beamed (b[=e]md); p. pr. & vb. n. Beaming.] To send forth; to emit; -- followed ordinarily by forth; as, to beam forth light.


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

He beamed, the daystar of the rising age.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"emit rays of light," early 15c., from beam (n.) in the "ray of light" sense. Sense of "to smile radiantly" is from 1804; that of "to direct radio transmissions" is from 1927. Related: Beamed; beaming.


Old English beam originally "living tree," but by late 10c. also "rafter, post, ship's timber," from Proto-Germanic *baumaz (cognates: Old Norse baðmr, Old Frisian bam "tree, gallows, beam," Middle Dutch boom, Old High German boum, German Baum "tree," Gothic bagms), perhaps from PIE verb root *bheue- "to grow" (see be). The shift from *-au- to -ea- is regular in Old English.\n

\nMeaning "ray of light" developed in Old English, probably because it was used by Bede to render Latin columna lucis, the Biblical "pillar of fire." Nautical sense of "one of the horizontal transverse timbers holding a ship together" is from early 13c., hence "greatest breadth of a ship," and slang broad in the beam "wide-hipped" (of persons). To be on the beam (1941) was originally an aviator's term for "to follow the course indicated by a radio beam."


n. 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; 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. 3 (context nautical English) The maximum width of a vessel 4 The crossbar of a mechanical balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended. 5 The principal stem of the antler of a deer. 6 (context literary English) The pole of a carriage.(rfc-sense) 7 (context textiles English) 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. 8 The straight part or shank of an anchor. 9 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. 10 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. 11 A ray or collection of approximatelyly parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body vb. 1 (context ambitransitive English) To emit beams of light; shine; radiate. 2 (context intransitive figuratively English) To smile broadly or especially cheerfully. 3 (context transitive English) To furnish or supply with beams; give the appearance of beams to. 4 (context transitive science fiction English) To transmit matter or information via a high-tech wireless mechanism. 5 (context transitive currying English) To stretch on a beam, as a hide. 6 (context transitive weaving English) To put on a beam, as a chain or web. 7 (context transitive music English) To connect (musical notes) with a beam, or thick line, in music notation.

  1. n. 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]

  4. a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation [syn: ray, electron beam]

  5. (nautical) breadth amidships

  6. a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts [syn: balance beam]

  1. v. 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]

Beam (music)

In musical notation, a beam is a horizontal or diagonal line used to connect multiple consecutive notes (and occasionally rests) in order to indicate rhythmic grouping. Only eighth notes (quavers) or shorter can be beamed. The number of beams is equal to the number of flags that would be present on an un-beamed note.


Beam may refer to:

  • Beam (structure), a structural element
  • Beam (nautical), the most extreme width (or breadth) of a nautical vessel, or a point alongside the ship at the midpoint of its length
  • A narrow, propagating stream of particles or energy:
    • Bessel beam
    • Gaussian beam
    • Light beam
      • Laser beam
    • Particle beam
      • Charged particle beam
        • Cathode ray, or "electron beam"
      • Molecular beam
  • Beam antenna
  • Beam Inc., a spirits company
  • Beam (music), a connection line in musical notation
  • Balance beam, a piece of gymnastics equipment
  • BEAM robotics, an automatically moving machine based on analog electronics
  • Beam search, a search algorithm
  • Beam Software, a computer game developer
  • Beam, Great Torrington, an estate in Devon, England
Beam (structure)

A beam is a structural element that is capable of withstanding load primarily by resisting against bending. The bending force induced into the material of the beam as a result of the external loads, own weight, span and external reactions to these loads is called a bending moment. Beams are characterized by their profile (shape of cross-section), their length, and their material.

Beams are traditionally descriptions of building or civil engineering structural elements, but smaller structures such as truck or automobile frames, machine frames, and other mechanical or structural systems contain beam structures that are designed and analyzed in a similar fashion.

Beam (nautical)

The beam of a ship is its width at the widest point as measured at the ship's nominal waterline. The beam is a bearing projected at right-angles from the fore and aft line, outwards from the widest part of ship. Beam may also be used to define the maximum width of a ship's hull, or maximum width plus superstructure overhangs.

Generally speaking, the wider the beam of a ship (or boat), the more initial stability it has, at expense of reserve stability in the event of a capsize, where more energy is required to right the vessel from its inverted position.

Beam (album)

Beam (stylized as BEAM) is the fourth full-length studio album by Japanese singer-lyricist Meg, released on December 5, 2007 in Japan by Universal J. The album is produced by Capsule member Yasutaka Nakata of Perfume fame and is her first album under Universal Music. The album also is simultaneously released with Nakata's other effort with Capsule, Flash Back. The album debuted at number 24 in the Oricon Weekly Charts, selling 10,544 units on its first week of release. Beam was also released in Taiwan on January 4, 2008, and is her only album released in the country.

The album spans two singles: the independent limited release of "Amai Zeitaku" under Meg's now defunct label, Shampoo Nine records, and "OK", her debut single under Universal Music. Beam is Meg's second highest-selling album according to Oricon.

Usage examples of "beam".

Indeed, it is more than likely that the first person to be suspended from the beams in the cellar of 25 Cromwell Street and sexually abused was Rosemary West herself, and that she and her husband then decided to subject other people to the experience.

One tape, in particular, featured a young girl hung up by her arms from a beam in a cellar and abused by two men, one black, one white, while she is helpless.

A hard gamma beam would be suitable, Academician Georgi Markov thought.

When I saw Nanette in my arms, beaming with love, and Marton near the bed, holding a candle, with her eyes reproaching us with ingratitude because we did not speak to her, who, by accepting my first caresses, had encouraged her sister to follow her example, I realized all my happiness.

Almost immediately they crept out from behind the island they could see the lights on the mainland, two or three pinpricks from the watch fires on the walls of the fort, and lantern beams from the buildings outside the walls, spread out along the se afront The three vessels he had spotted from the saddle of the mountains were still anchored in the roads.

Buildings were burning and most of the civilian population was running in aimless panic, looking for a place to escape the phaser beams and swinging blades of the savage invaders.

Then, too, the crowds of admiring spectators, the angel host of captivating beauties with their starry orbs of light, and luxuriant tresses, curling in playful elegance around a face beaming with divinity, or falling in admired negligence over bosoms of alabastrine whiteness and unspotted purity within!

Amarok was gone, Alacrity beamed at Floyt, who still wore a sour look.

He found Shadamehr resting against a wooden beam, Alise cradled in his arms.

In the Solar System, the Amalgams had focused and directed the gravity beams used to tear up the planetary surfaces and launch them into free space.

He brought it down and handed it to Amity, who set it aside on one of the beams which formed the floor of the attic.

The ceiling was so low that its beams were scarred by tracks of ancipital horn points - possibly a deliberate device to emphasize the fact that the Phagorian Guard were never dehorned.

It was also quite monotonous, walking forward in the beam of the searchlight through the anechoic darkness of Rama.

He wedged the rubberized flashlight between two outcroppings of aragonite, and in its beam attached the mask to the air tank, grunting with pain as he tightened the connections with his flayed fingers.

At a nod from the baron, Arga went to the window and dragged apart the thick curtains, letting in beams of dusty daylight.