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)
Origin of beam
Examples from the Web for beaming
McConnell soon followed, beaming like an ornament atop a Christmas tree.
His mother was beaming and seemed to take the acquittal as a vindication.
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|Daniel Gross|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jessica Burdon|May 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Silverman|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Equally—from the beaming Senor Perkins, who smiles on all, to the gloomy Mr. Hurlstone, who smiles on no one?The Crusade of the Excelsior|Bret Harte
Bright and beaming like the moon you are to me, spreading around me your soft light.Old Fritz and the New Era|Louise Muhlbach
Karl, beaming at his companions in his old way, but rattling off French vivacities without the faintest trace of accent.Stories in Light and Shadow|Bret Harte
The beaming planets, also voyagers on a limitless sea of mystery and doubt, looked down, cold and unsympathetic.On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck|R. Pitcher Woodward
At least he is beaming with bonhommie, and that goes a long way with most people.Portia|Duchess
- 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.