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Meaning & Definition of Beam in English

English

Beam

/bim/

noun

1. A signal transmitted along a narrow path

  • Guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather
    synonym:
  • radio beam
  • ,
  • beam

2. Long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction

    synonym:
  • beam

3. A group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation

    synonym:
  • beam
  • ,
  • ray
  • ,
  • electron beam

4. A column of light (as from a beacon)

    synonym:
  • beam
  • ,
  • beam of light
  • ,
  • light beam
  • ,
  • ray
  • ,
  • ray of light
  • ,
  • shaft
  • ,
  • shaft of light
  • ,
  • irradiation

5. (nautical) breadth amidships

    synonym:
  • beam

6. The broad side of a ship

  • "They sighted land on the port beam"
    synonym:
  • beam

7. A gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts

    synonym:
  • balance beam
  • ,
  • beam

verb

1. Smile radiantly

  • Express joy through one's facial expression
    synonym:
  • beam

2. Emit light

  • Be bright, as of the sun or a light
  • "The sun shone bright that day"
  • "The fire beamed on their faces"
    synonym:
  • shine
  • ,
  • beam

3. Express with a beaming face or smile

  • "He beamed his approval"
    synonym:
  • beam

4. Broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television

  • "We cannot air this x-rated song"
    synonym:
  • air
  • ,
  • send
  • ,
  • broadcast
  • ,
  • beam
  • ,
  • transmit

5. Have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

  • "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"
    synonym:
  • glow
  • ,
  • beam
  • ,
  • radiate
  • ,
  • shine

6. Experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion

  • "She was beaming with joy"
  • "Her face radiated with happiness"
    synonym:
  • glow
  • ,
  • beam
  • ,
  • radiate
  • ,
  • shine