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Definition of Beam


  1. Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use.
  2. One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or ship.
  3. The width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another.
  4. The bar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended.
  5. The principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which bears the antlers, or branches.
  6. The pole of a carriage.
  7. A cylinder of wood, making part of a loom, on which weavers wind the warp before weaving; also, the cylinder on which the cloth is rolled, as it is woven; one being called the fore beam, the other the back beam.
  8. The straight part or shank of an anchor.
  9. The main part of a plow, to which the handles and colter are secured, and to the end of which are attached the oxen or horses that draw it.
  10. A heavy iron lever having an oscillating motion on a central axis, one end of which is connected with the piston rod from which it receives motion, and the other with the crank of the wheel shaft; -- called also working beam or walking beam.
  11. A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat.
  12. Fig.: A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort.
  13. One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; -- called also beam feather.
  14. To send forth; to emit; -- followed ordinarily by forth; as, to beam forth light.
  15. To emit beams of light.

Beam Quotations

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
Lord Byron

Remember - you can't beam through a force field. So, don't try it.
William Shatner

I think I got off on the wrong planet. Beam me up Scotty, there's no rational life here.
Robert Anton Wilson

Over the years, I've become barraged by comments from people, such as, 'Beam me up, Scotty!' and I became defensive. I felt they were derisive and engendered an attitude. I am grateful for the success, but didn't want to be mocked.
William Shatner

Happiness is being on the beam with life - to feel the pull of life.
Agnes Martin
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Beam Translations

beam in Afrikaans is radio
beam in Dutch is straal, spaak
beam in French is poutre
beam in German is Balken, Strahl
beam in Italian is raggio, traversa
beam in Latin is fulgeo (fulsi )
beam in Portuguese is feixe
beam in Spanish is viga, rayo
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