beam

[ beem ]
/ bim /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to emit beams, as of light.
to smile radiantly or happily.

Nearby words

  1. beaking joint,
  2. beaky-nosed,
  3. beal,
  4. beale,
  5. beale street,
  6. beam aerial,
  7. beam antenna,
  8. beam brick,
  9. beam compass,
  10. beam engine

Idioms

Origin of beam

before 900; Middle English beem, Old English bēam tree, post, ray of light; cognate with Old Frisian bām, Old Saxon bōm, Dutch boom, Old High German boum (German Baum), Gothic bagms, Old Norse bathmr tree; the identity of the consonant which has assimilated itself to the following m is unclear, as is the original root; perhaps Germanic *bagmaz < *bargmaz < Indo-European *bhorǵh-mos growth; see barrow2

SYNONYMS FOR beam
10. See gleam. 20. See shine1.

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British Dictionary definitions for beam

beam

/ (biːm) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

Word Origin for beam

Old English beam; related to Gothic bagms tree, Old High German boum tree

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Word Origin and History for beam
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Idioms and Phrases with beam

beam

see broad in the beam; off the beam.

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