beam

[ beem ]
/ bim /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to emit beams, as of light.
to smile radiantly or happily.

Idioms for beam

Origin of beam

before 900; Middle English beem, Old English bēam tree, post, ray of light; cognate with Old Frisian bām, Old Saxon bōm, Dutch boom, Old High German boum (German Baum), Gothic bagms, Old Norse bathmr tree; the identity of the consonant which has assimilated itself to the following m is unclear, as is the original root; perhaps Germanic *bagmaz < *bargmaz < Indo-European *bhorǵh-mos growth; see barrow2

OTHER WORDS FROM beam

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British Dictionary definitions for on the beam

beam
/ (biːm) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of beam

Word Origin for beam

Old English beam; related to Gothic bagms tree, Old High German boum tree
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Idioms and Phrases with on the beam (1 of 2)

on the beam

see under off the beam.

Idioms and Phrases with on the beam (2 of 2)

beam

see broad in the beam; off the beam.

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