- a horizontal structural member, usually transverse, for supporting the decks and flats of a vessel.
- the extreme width of a vessel.
- the shank of an anchor.
- walking beam.
- (in a loom) a roller or cylinder on which the warp is wound before weaving.
- a similar cylinder on which cloth is wound as it is woven.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- not on the course indicated by a radio beam.
- Informal.wrong; incorrect: The pollsters were off the beam again for the last presidential election.
- on the course indicated by a radio beam, as an airplane.
- Nautical.at right angles to the keel.
- Informal.proceeding well; correct; exact: Their research is right on the beam and the results should be very valuable.
Origin of beam
Synonyms for beam
Examples from the Web for beamed
Contemporary Examples of beamed
On Election Night, he beamed: “This is the beginning of a new chapter in the life of our city.”The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy
October 20, 2014
"Palmer always keeps his word," beamed Weaver, putting the right hander back in the rotation.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Morgan, beamed in as ever from a planet far from ours, delivered a mini-novella, dedicated to these people being “part of me.”‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ Loses a Leg in Sixth-Season Finale
July 23, 2014
Jenner's soon-to-be brother-in-law, Kanye West, beamed with pride as he watched from the front row.Kendall Jenner Walks for Givenchy; Suzy Menkes Named Vogue's International Editor
The Fashion Beast Team
March 3, 2014
Yes, the 86th Academy Awards will be beamed in front of (an alleged) one billion eyeballs Sunday night.The Most ‘WTF’ Oscar Moments Ever: Rob Lowe’s Duet with Snow White, Sacheen Littlefeather, and the Streaker
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
February 27, 2014
Historical Examples of beamed
She beamed at my appearance, and her every word was caressing and deferential.The Bacillus of Beauty
But Angelique beamed with joy before the commencement of the realisation of her dream.The Dream
Your own beauty, my fair townswomen, would have beamed upon you, out of my scene.Main Street
But he did not yet declare the passion that beamed in his eyes.Night and Morning, Complete
And if they beamed upon little Jim, he beamed back with interest.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
- not following a radio beam to maintain a course
- informalwrong, mistaken, or irrelevant
- following a radio beam to maintain a course
- nauticalopposite the beam of a vessel; abeam
- informalcorrect, relevant, or appropriate
Word Origin for beam
"emit rays of light," early 15c., from beam (n.) in the "ray of light" sense. Sense of "to smile radiantly" is from 1804; that of "to direct radio transmissions" is from 1927. Related: Beamed; beaming.
Old English beam originally "living tree," but by late 10c. also "rafter, post, ship's timber," from Proto-Germanic *baumaz (cf. Old Norse baðmr, Old Frisian bam "tree, gallows, beam," Middle Dutch boom, Old High German boum, German Baum "tree," Gothic bagms), perhaps from PIE verb root *bheue- "to grow" (see be). The shift from *-au- to -ea- is regular in Old English.
Meaning "ray of light" developed in Old English, probably because it was used by Bede to render Latin columna lucis, the Biblical "pillar of fire." Nautical sense of "one of the horizontal transverse timbers holding a ship together" is from early 13c., hence "greatest breadth of a ship," and slang broad in the beam "wide-hipped" (of persons). To be on the beam (1941) was originally an aviator's term for "to follow the course indicated by a radio beam."
see broad in the beam; off the beam.