Origin of beaming
- 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
Related Words for beamingincandescent, cheerful, radiant, genial, shining, glistening, sparkling, glowing, gleaming, scintillating, flashing, animated, grinning, bright, brilliant, clinquant, effulgent, fulgent, lambent, luminous
Examples from the Web for beaming
Contemporary Examples of beaming
McConnell soon followed, beaming like an ornament atop a Christmas tree.Mitch’s Brotastic Victory Bash
November 5, 2014
His mother was beaming and seemed to take the acquittal as a vindication.Why NYPD Couldn’t Cook The ‘Cannibal Cop’
July 2, 2014
McDonald is a radiant talent, with a warm voice and beaming smile that light up any venue in which she appears.Audra for the Win: Why Audra McDonald Must Win Tony for Best Actress
June 7, 2014
The 200 citizens were all beaming as they left, taking their positive energy with them, hangover free.The Drug-Free Breakfast Rave Is New York’s Latest Exercise Trend
May 8, 2014
I found myself chatting with an older woman that was beaming from ear to ear.‘When the Garden Was Eden’: Why New York City Needs the Knicks Now More Than Ever
April 19, 2014
Historical Examples of beaming
The expression on her beaming face was worth a fortune to the Colonel.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
Camille Doucet received me with a beaming expression on his face.My Double Life
It came from little Celine, whose face was beaming with delight.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But he had accomplished his purpose, for the Indian was won over and beaming with pleasure.Murder Point
Jed started, turned, and found Miss Barbara Armstrong beaming up at him.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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.