radio beam, beamnoun
a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather
long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
beam, ray, electron beamnoun
a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiationnoun
a column of light (as from a beacon)
(nautical) breadth amidships
the broad side of a ship
"they sighted land on the port beam"
balance beam, beamverb
a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts
smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression
emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
"The sun shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces"
express with a beaming face or smile
"he beamed his approval"
air, send, broadcast, beam, transmitverb
broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
"We cannot air this X-rated song"
glow, beam, radiate, shineverb
have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
"Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"
glow, beam, radiate, shineverb
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"
any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use
one of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or ship
the width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another
the bar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended
the principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which bears the antlers, or branches
the pole of a carriage
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
the straight part or shank of an anchor
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
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
a ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat
fig.: A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort
one of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; -- called also beam feather
to send forth; to emit; -- followed ordinarily by forth; as, to beam forth light
to emit beams of light
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bēm, n. a large and straight piece of timber or iron forming one of the main supports against lateral pressure of a building, ship, &c.: (fig.) from the figure of the mote and the beam—Matt. vii. 3: any of the transverse pieces of framing extending across a ship's hull, the greatest width of a ship or boat: 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.—v.t. to send forth light: to shine.—n. Beam′-en′gine, a steam-engine which has a beam connecting the piston-rod with the crank of the wheel-shaft, as distinguished from one that has its piston-rod directly attached to the crank.—adv. Beam′ily.—n. Beam′iness.—adjs. Beam′less, without beams: emitting no rays of light; Beam′y, shining.—A beam sea, one rolling against the ship's side.—Before the beam, the bearing of any object when seen more in advance than on the beam; Abaft the beam, the reverse.—Lee or Weather beam, the side away from or towards the wind.—On her beam ends, a phrase applied to the position of a ship when so much inclined to one side that the beams become nearly vertical.—On the starboard beam, applied to any distant point out at sea, at right angles to the keel, and on the starboard or right-hand (as viewed from the stern) side of the ship; On the port beam similarly applies to the left hand. [A.S. béam, a tree, stock of a tree, a ray of light; Ger. baum, a tree; Gr. phyma, a growth—phy-ein, to grow.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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
[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.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A long double stratum of murky clouds generally observed over the surface of the Mediterranean previous to a violent storm or an earthquake. The French call it trave.
(See ABEAM.)--Before the beam is an arc of the horizon, comprehended between a line that crosses the ship's length at right angles and some object at a distance before it; or between the line of the beam and that point of the compass which she stems. On the weather or lee beam is in a direction to windward or leeward at right angles with the keel.
A stream of color and light.
The beam of light illuminated the colors within the light.
To emit light.
Her face and eyes beamed with joy at her partner's proposal.
To express joy through our face, eyes or expression.
Her husband beamed at her daily and she responded with the same.
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'beam' in Nouns Frequency: #2082
The numerical value of beam in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of beam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
We’re fortunate to have the space station to demonstrate potential habitation capabilities like BEAM.
At that time there was a beam that could catapult people to the stars, and that was ‘ The Tonight Show, ’ we all gathered around the heat of that. … If Johnny liked me it meant something to me, that I ’m not only good at what I do but he thinks I ’m intelligent and likes to talk to me.
The flare must have been a bit like a lighthouse beam, imagine darkness, and then someone switches on a lighthouse beacon for a brief period of time.
And this that we call life, it is no more than the opening and closing of a eye a crevice in the unborn through which there shone a beam of light. Perhaps we are only here to say, live in the mercy of the enkindles immensity.
He was this beam of light.
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- شعاع, الحزمArabic
- şüa, dirəkAzerbaijani
- кросно, бимс, греда, лъч, стъбло, балансьор, трегерBulgarian
- břevno, paprsek, trámCzech
- bjælke, drager, stråleDanish
- Strahl, Balken, strahlen, beamenGerman
- radio, vigaSpanish
- palkki, valin, aisa, loimitukki, varsi, leveys, kiertokanki, tyvi, tukki, orsi, säde, poikittaispalkki, runko, kangastukki, palkittaa, säteillä, säteilyttääFinnish
- ligature, faisceau, timon, poutre, limon, madrier, lien, ageFrench
- ճառագայթ, շող, ճաճանչArmenian
- bjálki, geisliIcelandic
- asse, raggio, corno principale, traversa, barra timone, braccio, architrave, traveItalian
- 梁, ビーム, 光線Japanese
- 光線, 빔, 광선Korean
- StralLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- rasuk, sinaranMalay
- dissel, biels, straal, balk, bundel, stralenDutch
- belka, promieńPolish
- trave, viga, feixePortuguese
- навой, балка, коромысло, веретено, луч, грядиль, перекладина, шатун, брус, бимс, дышло, траверзRussian
- bjälke, stråle, balk, strålaSwedish
- barakilan, sinagTagalog
- kiriş, ışınTurkish
- промінь, балкаUkrainian
- sinch, to'simUzbek
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