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beam

[ beem ]
/ bim /
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Definition of beam

noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to emit beams, as of light.
to smile radiantly or happily.
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Idioms about beam

Origin of beam

First recorded 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 unattested Germanic bagmaz, from unattested bargmaz, from unattested Indo-European bhorǵh-mos “growth”; see barrow2

synonym study for beam

10. See gleam. 20. See shine1.

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British Dictionary definitions for beam

beam
/ (biːm) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of beam

Word Origin for beam

Old English beam; related to Gothic bagms tree, Old High German boum tree
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Other Idioms and Phrases with beam

beam

see broad in the beam; off the beam.

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