Definitions for beambim

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any of various relatively long pieces of metal, wood, etc., used esp. as rigid members or parts of structures or machines.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. a horizontal bearing member, as a joist or lintel, or a transverse supporting structural member on a ship.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. the extreme width of a ship.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  4. Slang. the measure across both hips or buttocks.

    Category: Status (usage)

  5. (in a loom) a roller or cylinder on which the warp is wound before weaving. a similar cylinder on which cloth is wound as it is woven.

    Category: Machinery

  6. the crossbar of a balance from which the scales or pans are suspended.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  7. a ray or stream of light or other radiation, as gamma rays, electrons, or subatomic particles.

    Category: Electronics

  8. a group of nearly parallel rays.

    Category: Optics

  9. a radio signal transmitted along a narrow course, used to guide pilots.

    Category: Radio and Television

  10. a radiant smile.

  11. the principal stem of the antler of a deer.

    Category: Mammals

  12. (v.t.)to emit in or as if in beams or rays.

  13. to transmit (a radio or television signal) in a particular direction.

    Category: Radio and Television

  14. to direct (a radio or television program, commercial message, etc.) to a predetermined audience.

    Category: Radio and Television, Showbiz

  15. (v.i.)to emit beams, as of light.

    Category: Physics, Optics

  16. to smile radiantly or happily.

Idioms for beam:

  1. on the beam, on the course indicated by a radio beam. Informal. correct; exact.

    Category: Aeronautics, Idiom

Origin of beam:

bef. 900; ME beem, OE bēam tree, post, ray of light, c. OFris bām, OHG boum, ON bathmr

Princeton's WordNet

  1. radio beam, beam(noun)

    a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather

  2. beam(noun)

    long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction

  3. beam, ray, electron beam(noun)

    a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation

  4. beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation(noun)

    a column of light (as from a beacon)

  5. beam(noun)

    (nautical) breadth amidships

  6. beam(noun)

    the broad side of a ship

    "they sighted land on the port beam"

  7. balance beam, beam(verb)

    a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts

  8. beam(verb)

    smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression

  9. shine, beam(verb)

    emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light

    "The sun shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces"

  10. beam(verb)

    express with a beaming face or smile

    "he beamed his approval"

  11. air, send, broadcast, beam, transmit(verb)

    broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television

    "We cannot air this X-rated song"

  12. glow, beam, radiate, shine(verb)

    have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

    "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"

  13. glow, beam, radiate, shine(verb)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. beam(noun)ˈim

    a line of light

    a laser beam; the beam of light from the lighthouse

  2. beamˈim

    a long wooden or metal support used in structures

    steel beams

  3. beam(verb)ˈim

    to smile broadly

    Her parents beamed as she sang.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beam(noun)

    any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use

  2. Beam(noun)

    one of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or ship

  3. Beam(noun)

    the width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another

  4. Beam(noun)

    the bar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended

  5. Beam(noun)

    the principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which bears the antlers, or branches

  6. Beam(noun)

    the pole of a carriage

  7. Beam(noun)

    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. Beam(noun)

    the straight part or shank of an anchor

  9. Beam(noun)

    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. Beam(noun)

    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. Beam(noun)

    a ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat

  12. Beam(noun)

    fig.: A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort

  13. Beam(noun)

    one of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; -- called also beam feather

  14. Beam(verb)

    to send forth; to emit; -- followed ordinarily by forth; as, to beam forth light

  15. Beam(verb)

    to emit beams of light


  1. Beam

    The beam of a ship is its width at the widest point as measured at the ship's nominal waterline. Generally speaking, the wider the beam of a ship, 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. Typical length-to-beam ratios for small sailboats are from 2:1 to 5:1. Large ships have widely varying beam ratios, some as large as 20:1. Rowing shells designed for flatwater racing may have length to beam ratios as high as 30:1, while a coracle has a ratio of almost 1:1 - it is nearly circular. The beam of many monohull yachts can be calculated using the following formula: LOA is Length Overall. All units are in feet. Some examples - For a standard 27' yacht: the cube root of 27 is 3, 3 squared is 9 plus 1 = 10. The beam of many 27' monohulls is 10'. - For a Volvo Open 70 yacht: 70.5 to the power of 2/3 = 17 plus 1 = 18. The beam is often around 18'. - For a 741' long ship: the cube root is 9, and 9 squared is 81, plus 1. The beam will usually be around 82' e.g. Seawaymax.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Beam

    an ancient prov. of France, fell to the crown with the accession of Henry IV. in 1589; formed a great part of the dep. of Basses-Pyrénées, capital Pau.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. beam

    [from Star Trek Classic's “Beam me up, Scotty!”] 1. 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. 2. Palm Pilot users very commonly use this term for the act of exchanging bits via the infrared links on their machines (this term seems to have originated with the ill-fated Newton Message Pad). Compare blast, snarf, BLT.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beam' in Nouns Frequency: #2082

Translations for beam

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a long straight piece of wood, often used in ceilings.

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