beam

beam
[[t]bim[/t]]
n.
1) bui any of various relatively long pieces of metal, wood, etc., used esp. as rigid members or parts of structures or machines
2) bui a horizontal bearing member, as a joist or lintel, or a transverse supporting structural member on a ship
3) naut. navig. the extreme width of a ship
4) sts Slang. the measure across both hips or buttocks
5) mac
a) (in a loom) a roller or cylinder on which the warp is wound before weaving
b) a similar cylinder on which cloth is wound as it is woven
6) wam the crossbar of a balance from which the scales or pans are suspended
7) elo a ray or stream of light or other radiation, as gamma rays, electrons, or subatomic particles
8) opt a group of nearly parallel rays
9) rtv a radio signal transmitted along a narrow course, used to guide pilots
10) a radiant smile
11) mam the principal stem of the antler of a deer
12) to emit in or as if in beams or rays
13) rtv to transmit (a radio or television signal) in a particular direction
14) rtv sbz to direct (a radio or television program, commercial message, etc.) to a predetermined audience
15) phs opt to emit beams, as of light
16) to smile radiantly or happily
Etymology: bef. 900; ME beem, OE bēam tree, post, ray of light, c. OFris bām, OHG boum, ON bathmr

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • beam — [bēm] n. [ME < OE, a tree, piece of wood, column; akin to Ger baum, Du boom, tree] 1. Obs. the squared off trunk of a tree 2. a) a long, thick piece of wood, metal, or stone, used in building b) such a piece used as a horizontal support for a… …   English World dictionary

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  • beam|y — «BEE mee», adjective, beam|i|er, beam|i|est. 1. like a beam; massive. 2. (of a ship) broad in the beam. 3. Figurative …   Useful english dictionary

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