1. a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather;
[syn: radio beam, beam]
2. long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction;
3. a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation;
[syn: beam, ray, electron beam]
4. a column of light (as from a beacon);
[syn: beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation]
5. (nautical) breadth amidships;
6. the broad side of a ship;
- Example: "they sighted land on the port beam"
7. a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts;
[syn: balance beam, beam]
1. smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression;
2. emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light;
- Example: "The sun shone bright that day"
- Example: "The fire beamed on their faces"
[syn: shine, beam]
3. express with a beaming face or smile;
- Example: "he beamed his approval"
4. broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television;
- Example: "We cannot air this X-rated song"
[syn: air, send, broadcast, beam, transmit]
5. have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink;
- Example: "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"
[syn: glow, beam, radiate, shine]
6. experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion;
- Example: "She was beaming with joy"
- Example: "Her face radiated with happiness"
[syn: glow, beam, radiate, shine]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster] 2. One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or ship. [1913 Webster] The beams of a vessel are strong pieces of timber stretching across from side to side to support the decks. --Totten. [1913 Webster] 3. The width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another. [1913 Webster] 4. The bar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended. [1913 Webster] The doubtful beam long nods from side to side. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 5. The principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which bears the antlers, or branches. [1913 Webster] 6. The pole of a carriage. [Poetic] --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 8. The straight part or shank of an anchor. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 11. A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat. [1913 Webster] How far that little candle throws his beams! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 12. (Fig.): A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort. [1913 Webster] Mercy with her genial beam. --Keble. [1913 Webster] 13. One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; -- called also beam feather. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Beam \Beam\, v. i. To emit beams of light. [1913 Webster] He beamed, the daystar of the rising age. --Trumbull. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
beam n 1: a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather [syn: radio beam, beam] 2: long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction 3: a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation [syn: beam, ray, electron beam] 4: a column of light (as from a beacon) [syn: beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation] 5: (nautical) breadth amidships 6: the broad side of a ship; "they sighted land on the port beam" 7: a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts [syn: balance beam, beam] v 1: 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, beam] 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, beam, transmit] 5: have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink; "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna" [syn: glow, beam, 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, beam, radiate, shine]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
350 Moby Thesaurus words for "beam": AM signal, CRT spot, DM display, Doppler signal, FM signal, H beam, I beam, IF signal, IF video signal, IM display, RF amplifier, RF echoes, RF signal, RF stage, TV band, X ray, abutment, actinic ray, actinism, amplitude, angle rafter, arc-boutant, atomic beam, atomic ray, audio signal, backside, balk, bank, bar, batten, be bright, be in heaven, be pleased, beacon, beam, beam of light, beat signal, bedazzle, beggar description, behind, billet, blaze, blind, blips, bloom, board, boarding, boom, border, bottom, bounce, bounces, box girder, brace, breadth, breakwater, breastsummer, bright smile, broad grin, broadcast, broadness, broadside, bulwark, burn, buttress, buttress pier, buttressing, can, cant hook, caper, caracole, cheek, chirp, chirrup, chop, clapboard, claw bar, coast, corbel, cord, cordwood, crack a smile, crank, crossbeam, crosstie, crow, crowbar, dance, daze, dazzle, deal, delight, derriere, die with delight, diffuse light, direct signal, display, distance across, double-dot display, driftwood, ear-to-ear grin, echo, echo signal, embankment, equalizing pulse, expanse, extent, fan marker, fanny, feel happy, firewood, flame, flank, flare, flare path, flash, flying buttress, footing beam, frolic, fulgurate, fullness, gambol, gamma ray, girder, give light, glance, glare, gleam, gleaming smile, glint, glow, glowing smile, go into raptures, grin, grinning, groin, hammer beam, hand, handedness, handspike, hanging buttress, hardwood, haunch, hip, hip rafter, idiotic grin, incandesce, infrared ray, invisible radiation, iron crow, jam, jetty, jimmy, joist, jowl, joy, jutty, knock dead, laterality, lath, lathing, lathwork, latitude, lattice girder, laugh, leam, lever, lilt, limb, lintel, local oscillator signal, log, lumber, luster, many-sidedness, marker, marlinespike, mole, multilaterality, newscast, output pulse, output signal, outrigger, panelboard, paneling, panelwork, patch, peavey, pedal, pencil, photoemission, photon, picture, picture carrier, pier, pier buttress, pinch bar, pips, plank, planking, plate girder, plyboard, plywood, pole, post, posterior, prize, profile, pry, puncheon, purr, pylon, quarter, racon, radar beacon, radar signal, radiate, radiate cheer, radiation, radio, radio beacon, radio-frequency amplifier, radio-frequency signal, radio-frequency stage, radiobroadcast, radiorays, rafter, rampart, ray, ray of light, reading, rear, reflected signal, reflection, retaining wall, return, return beam, return signal, ribbon, ribbon of light, ridge strut, ridgepole, ripping bar, romp, sardonic grin, scanning beam, seat, seawall, send, send out rays, shaft, shake, sheathing, sheathing board, sheeting, shine, shine brightly, shingle, shoot, shoot out rays, shore, shortwave, shortwave signal, shoulder, side, sideboard, siding, sign off, sign on, signal, signal display, sill, simper, sing, skip, slab, slat, sleeper, smile, smile brightly, smiling, smirk, softwood, solar rays, sound carrier, span, spar, sparkle, splat, sportscast, spot, spread, sprit, stave, stick, stick of wood, stovewood, streak, stream, stream of light, streamer, stringpiece, strut, stud, studding, stupid grin, summer, summertree, synchronizing signal, take great satisfaction, target image, television channel, temple, three-by-four, tie, tie beam, timber, timbering, timberwork, toothful grin, trace, transmit, transmitter signal, transom, transverse, trave, traverse, tread on air, treadle, trestle, truss, truss beam, two-by-four, ultraviolet ray, unidirectional signal, unilaterality, vertical synchronizing pulse, video signal, violet ray, voltage pulse, weatherboard, whistle, wideness, width, wind cone, wind indicator, wind sock, wireless, wood, wrecking barThe Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
beam vt. [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.The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
(From Star Trek Classic's "Beam me up, Scotty!") 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". Compare blast, snarf, BLT. [Jargon File] (2009-06-09)Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Beam occurs in the Authorized Version as the rendering of various Hebrew words. In 1 Sam. 17:7, it means a weaver's frame or principal beam; in Hab. 2:11, a crossbeam or girder; 2 Kings 6:2, 5, a cross-piece or rafter of a house; 1 Kings 7:6, an architectural ornament as a projecting step or moulding; Ezek. 41:25, a thick plank. In the New Testament the word occurs only in Matt. 7:3, 4, 5, and Luke 6:41, 42, where it means (Gr. dokos) a large piece of wood used for building purposes, as contrasted with "mote" (Gr. karphos), a small piece or mere splinter. "Mote" and "beam" became proverbial for little and great faults.