plural noun

Nautical. the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel.

Nearby words

  1. beam sea,
  2. beam splitter,
  3. beam trawl,
  4. beam weapon,
  5. beam wind,
  6. beam-power tube,
  7. beamer,
  8. beaming,
  9. beamingly,
  10. beamish


    on her beam-ends, Nautical. heeled so far on one side that the deck is practically vertical: The schooner was blown over on her beam-ends.
    on one's/the beam-ends, Slang. in desperate straits, especially financial straits.Also on the beam's ends.

Origin of beam-ends

First recorded in 1765–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beam-ends


pl n

the ends of a vessel's beams
on her beam-ends (of a vessel) heeled over through an angle of 90°
on one's beam-ends
  1. out of resources; destitute
  2. desperate
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