- any of various relatively long pieces of metal, wood, stone, etc., manufactured or shaped especially for use as rigid members or parts of structures or machines.
- Building Trades. a horizontal bearing member, as a joist or lintel.
- Engineering. a rigid member or structure supported at each end, subject to bending stresses from a direction perpendicular to its length.
- 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.
- Aeronautics. the direction perpendicular to the plane of symmetry of an aircraft and outward from the side.
- the widest part.
- Slang. the measure across both hips or buttocks: broad in the beam.
- 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.
- the crossbar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales or pans are suspended.
- a ray of light: The sun shed its beams upon the vineyard.
- a group of nearly parallel rays.
- Radio, Aeronautics. a signal transmitted along a narrow course, used to guide pilots through darkness, bad weather, etc.
- Electronics. a narrow stream of electrons, as that emitted from the electron gun of a cathode ray tube.
- the angle at which a microphone or loudspeaker functions best.
- the cone-shaped range of effective use of a microphone or loudspeaker.
- Citizens Band Radio Slang. beam antenna.
- a gleam; suggestion: a beam of hope.
- a radiant smile.
- the principal stem of the antler of a deer.
- to emit in or as in beams or rays.
- Radio. to transmit (a signal) in a particular direction.
- Radio and Television. to direct (a program, commercial message, etc.) to a predetermined audience.
- to emit beams, as of light.
- to smile radiantly or happily.
- beam in, Citizens Band Radio Slang. to be received under optimum conditions; be heard loud and clear: They told me I was really beaming in.
- fly the beam, Radio, Aeronautics. (of an aircraft) to be guided by a beam.
- off the beam,
- 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 beam,
- 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 beamSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
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
- a long thick straight-sided piece of wood, metal, concrete, etc, esp one used as a horizontal structural member
- any rigid member or structure that is loaded transversely
- the breadth of a ship or boat taken at its widest part, usually amidships
- a ray or column of light, as from a beacon
- a broad smile
- one of the two cylindrical rollers on a loom, one of which holds the warp threads before weaving, the other the finished work
- the main stem of a deer's antler from which the smaller branches grow
- the central shaft of a plough to which all the main parts are attached
- a narrow unidirectional flow of electromagnetic radiation or particlesa beam of light; an electron beam
- the horizontal centrally pivoted bar in a balance
- informal the width of the hips (esp in the phrase broad in the beam)
- a beam in one's eye a fault or grave error greater in oneself than in another person
- off beam or off the beam
- not following a radio beam to maintain a course
- informalwrong, mistaken, or irrelevant
- on the beam
- following a radio beam to maintain a course
- nauticalopposite the beam of a vessel; abeam
- informalcorrect, relevant, or appropriate
- to send out or radiate (rays of light)
- (tr) to divert or aim (a radio signal or broadcast, light, etc) in a certain directionto beam a programme to Tokyo
- to pass (data, esp business card details, etc) from one hand-held computer to another by means of infrared beams
- (intr) to smile broadly with pleasure or satisfaction
Word Origin for beam
Word Origin and History for beamed
"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."
Idioms and Phrases with beamed
see broad in the beam; off the beam.