Advertisement - Continue reading below

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)

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.

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."