- 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.
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Idioms for 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 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
OTHER WORDS FROM beam
Example sentences from the Web for beam
Arecibo is one of the few facilities on the planet that can blast radar beams to objects in the solar system and successfully pick up a bounce back that could be used to ascertain the structure and movement of those objects.The second-largest radio telescope in the world is shutting down|Neel Patel|November 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The cameras can also be used to document the behavior of nocturnal carnivores without disturbing them with beams of light.This blind rhino’s infrared security system could help stop poachers|Rachael Zisk|November 12, 2020|Popular Science
On a heavily modified 4x4, the Flex Era 3 will fit inside virtually any aftermarket bumper to serve as a cornering light, augmenting any beams your recipient might already have.
Then, some or all of those beams are trained on a small, carefully designed target.Giant lasers help re-create supernovas’ explosive, mysterious physics|Emily Conover|November 12, 2020|Science News
They fired beams of electrons at ice cores representing different possibilities for Europa’s surface and filmed the results with a video camera.
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|Olivia Nuzzi|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Palmer always keeps his word," beamed Weaver, putting the right hander back in the rotation.
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|Tim Teeman|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her smile beamed out from under a head of short-cropped, curly black hair.A Woman Blogger’s Scoop Helped Save Tunisia From Islamists|Thomas A. Bass|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
As Felipe approached, the old man's face beamed with pleasure, and he came forward totteringly, leaning on a staff in each hand.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
The broad-beamed budgerow presented a strangely accurate microcosm of India at that moment.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
She quite beamed with welcome, and they disentangled themselves into a side street, where there were empty posts.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The kitchen is still in its original condition, with its rough-beamed ceiling and huge fireplace.
The poet's room, directly on the right when entering, is rather dark, and has a low-beamed ceiling.
British Dictionary definitions for beam
- not following a radio beam to maintain a course
- informal wrong, mistaken, or irrelevant
- following a radio beam to maintain a course
- nautical opposite the beam of a vessel; abeam
- informal correct, relevant, or appropriate
Derived forms of beam
Word Origin for beam
Idioms and Phrases with beam
see broad in the beam; off the beam.