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Definition of "beam" []

  • A squared-off log or a large, oblong piece of timber, metal, or stone used especially as a horizontal support in construction. (noun)
  • Nautical A transverse structural member of a ship's frame, used to support a deck and to brace the sides against stress. (noun)
  • Nautical The breadth of a ship at the widest point. (noun)
  • Nautical The side of a ship: sighted land off the starboard beam. (noun)
  • Informal The widest part of a person's hips: broad in the beam. (noun)
  • A long thick straight-sided piece of wood, metal, concrete, etc, esp one used as a horizontal structural member (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any rigid member or structure that is loaded transversely (noun)
  • The breadth of a ship or boat taken at its widest part, usually amidships (noun)
  • A ray or column of light, as from a beacon (noun)
  • A broad smile (noun)
  • One of the two cylindrical rollers on a loom, one of which holds the warp threads before weaving, the other the finished work (noun)
  • The main stem of a deer's antler from which the smaller branches grow (noun)
  • The central shaft of a plough to which all the main parts are attached (noun)
  • A narrow unidirectional flow of electromagnetic radiation or particles (noun)
  • The horizontal centrally pivoted bar in a balance (noun)
  • The width of the hips (esp in the phrase broad in the beam) (noun)
  • To send out or radiate (rays of light) (verb)
  • To divert or aim (a radio signal or broadcast, light, etc) in a certain direction (verb)
  • To pass (data, esp business card details, etc) from one hand-held computer to another by means of infrared beams (verb)
  • To smile broadly with pleasure or satisfaction (verb)

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Use "beam" in a sentence
  • "Wow!!!! congrats man wat an awesome buck that main beam is a unique find on a whitetail thats one you only see once in your life, if your lucky, great job again"
  • "On its way between the furnace and the detector the beam is affected by a non-homogeneous magnetic field, so that the atoms - if they really are magnetic - become unlinked in one direction or another, according to the position which their magnetic axles may assume in relation to the field."
  • "You have seen, when what you call a beam of light comes in at a hole, before the shutters have been opened, how the little specks of dust glance up and down in it, as if they were at an endless game of puss-in-the-corner."