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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun beam:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb beam:


Beam is sometimes a misspelling of deem.

The word beam is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun beam

What does beam mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: beams

  1. a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather
  2. long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: piece = a separate part of a whole; structural member = support that is a constituent part of any structure or building
    • more specific terms:
      • box girder / box beam = a beam built up from boards
      • cantilever = projecting horizontal beam fixed at one end only
      • girder = a beam made usually of steel
      • header = a framing member crossing and supporting the ends of joists, studs, or rafters so as to transfer their weight to parallel joists, studs, or rafters
      • header / lintel = horizontal beam used as a finishing piece over a door or window
      • joist = beam used to support floors or roofs
      • keel = one of the main longitudinal beams (or plates) of the hull of a vessel
      • keelson = a longitudinal beam connected to the keel of ship to strengthen it
      • rafter / baulk / balk = one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
      • rider plate = a horizontal beam (or plate) connected to the top of a ship's vertical keel or to the keelson
      • ridgepole / rooftree / ridge = a beam laid along the edge where two sloping sides of a roof meet at the top
      • shoring / shore = a beam or timber that is propped against a structure to provide support
      • tie beam / tie = a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating
      • timber = a beam made of wood
      • crosspiece / crossbeam / traverse / trave = a horizontal beam that extends across something
    • substance: wood = the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
  3. a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
  4. a column of light (as from a beacon)
  5. (nautical) breadth amidships
    • domain: ship
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: breadth / width = the extent of something from side to side
  6. the broad side of a ship
    • example: they sighted land on the port beam
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: side = an extended outer surface of an object
  7. a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts

Alternative definition of the noun 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; one of the transverse members of a ship's frame on which the decks are laid - supported at the sides by knees in wooden ships and by stringers in steel ones.
  3. [nautical] The maximum width of a vessel
  4. The crossbar of a mechanical balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended.
  5. The principal stem of the antler of a deer.
  6. [literary] The pole of a carriage.[rfc-sense, lang=en]
  7. [textiles] A cylinder of wood, making part of a loom, on which weavers wind the warp before weaving and the cylinder on which the cloth is rolled, as it is woven.
  8. The straight part or shank of an anchor.
  9. The central bar 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.
  11. A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body
  12. [figuratively] A ray; a gleam
  13. One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk.
  14. [music] A horizontal bar which connects the stems of two or more notes to group them and to indicate metric value.

Specialised definition of the noun beam

Glossary of sports

a long thick solid bar used as a support (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a narrow shaft of light or radiation (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / canoeing

the widest part of canoe (or any vessel)

Glossary of sports / gymnastics

a narrow horizontal wooden bar on legs that women gymnasts stand on to perform balancing exercises (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb beam

What does beam mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: beamed | beaming | beams

  1. smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression
  2. emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
    • examples: The fire beamed on their faces | Lights beam on the horizon | The horizon is beaming with lights
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      there [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]There sparkled a magnificent diamond on his finger
      [Agent] [Verb] [Theme]The stagehand flashed the lights
      [Location] [Verb] with [Theme]The crown sparkled with jewels
      [Theme - inanimate] [Verb]The jewel sparkled
      [Theme - inanimate] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]Jewels sparkled on the crown
      [Locative Preposition] [Location] there [Verb] [Theme]On his finger there sparkled a magnificent diamond

      Verbs of Emission (with the same syntax): blaze, blink, burn, flame, flare, flash, flicker, fluoresce, glare, gleam, glimmer, glint, glisten, glitter, glow, incandesce, scintillate, shimmer, shine, sparkle, twinkle.

    • lexical domain: Weather - verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering
    • synonym of beam: shine
    • more specific terms:
  3. express with a beaming face or smile
    • example: he beamed his approval
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: evince / express / show = give expression to
  4. broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
  5. have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
  6. experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
    • example: She was beaming with joy
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonyms of beam: glow / radiate / shine
    • more generic words: experience / feel = undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

Alternative definition of the verb beam


  1. [intransitive] To emit beams of light; shine; radiate;
  2. [intransitive, figuratively] To smile broadly or especially cheerfully.
  3. [transitive] To furnish or supply with beams; give the appearance of beams to.
  4. [transitive, science fiction] To transmit matter or information via a high-tech wireless mechanism.
  5. [transitive, currying] To stretch on a beam, as a hide.
  6. [transitive, weaving] To put on a beam, as a chain or web.


  1. Beam a.k.a. Kawee Tanjararak: Kavee Tanjararak is an actor.
  2. Beam a.k.a. Sarunyu Prachakrit is an actor and radio personality.
  3. Beam a.k.a. Russanun Puvaputanont Na Mahasarakham is the daughter of Napat Pavaputanont Na Mahasarakham.

There are other people with in their name, like Jim Beam, Joe Beam, Sam Beam, Alex Beam, Carl Beam, Cris Beam, Eric Beam, Greg Beam, John Beam, Aaron Beam and many others.


  1. Beam is a musical group.
  2. Beam is a musical group.
    • album: "Inception"

There are other groups with in their name, like Boat Beam, Beam & Yanou and Beam vs. Cyrus.


Beam is a Green sea turtle.


  1. "Beam" is the fourth full-length studio album by Japanese singer-lyricist Meg, released on December 5, 2007 in Japan by Universal J. The album is produced by Capsule member Yasutaka Nakata of Perfume fame and is her first album under Universal Music. The album also is simultaneously released with Nakata's other effort with Capsule, Flash Back. The album debuted at number 24 in the Oricon Weekly Charts, selling 10,544 units on its first week of release. Beam was also released in Taiwan on January 4, 2008, and is her only album released in the country.
  2. "Beam": Beam is a musical album of the band Beam.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  3. "Beam" is a composition.
  4. "Beam" is a composition.


"Beam" is a painting (oil paint) by Elizabeth Murray.

  • media: oil paint


  1. Beam: A beam is a structural element that is capable of withstanding load primarily by resisting bending. The bending force induced into the material of the beam as a result of the external loads, own weight, span and external reactions to these loads is called a bending moment.
    • also known as 梁 (结构), 梁, 樑
  2. The beam of a ship is its width at the widest point as measured at the ship's nominal waterline. The beam is defined as a bearing projected at right-angles from the fore and aft line, outwards from the widest part of ship. Beam may also be used to define the maximum width of a ship's hull, or maximum width plus superstructure overhangs.
    • also known as Траверз
  3. Beam: A beam in musical notation is a thick line frequently used to connect multiple consecutive eighth notes, or notes of shorter value, and occasionally rests. Beamed notes or rests are groups of notes and rests connected by a beam; the use of beams is called beaming.
    • also known as 符槓
  4. Beam is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Beam

Phrases starting with the word Beam:

  1. Beam Up
  2. beam-ends
  3. beam scale

Phrases ending with the word Beam:

  1. i-beam
  2. to beam
  3. box beam
  4. ion beam
  5. low beam
  6. low-beam
  7. tie beam
  8. Airy Beam
  9. Beta-Beam
  10. high beam
  11. High-Beam
  12. ionic beam
  13. laser beam
  14. light beam
  15. radio beam
  16. Dragon beam
  17. Sealed beam

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Beam

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Google previewStochastic Processes in Mechanical Engineering (2006)

The beam is a basic element of many constructions of mechanical engineering. Its stiffness against lateral...

Analyzing the random behavior of the tensioned beam is the objective of subsequent chapters. In the present chapter, we shall focus ...

Google previewGeometric Continuum Mechanics and Induced Beam Theories (2015)

by Simon Eugster

The linearized Euler–Bernoulli beam is a linearized Timoshenko beam with the additional linearized constraints, that the cross sections remain orthogonal to the tangent vector of the centerline. The linearized version of the orthogonality ...

Google previewOld-Time Gospel Banjo Solos (2011)

by Jack Hatfield

A beam is a heavy horizontal line connecting two or more notes.

Google previewNew International Encyclopedia (1916)

A simple beam is a bar resting upon supports ...

Google previewThe New International Encyclopædia (1917)

by Frank Moore Colby, Talcott Williams

A simple beam is a bar resting upon supports at its ends and is the kind most commonly in use. A cantilever beam is ...

Google previewAnalytical and Diagnostic Techniques for Semiconductor Materials, Devices and Processes (1999)

Joint Proceedings of the Symposia on ALTECH 99, Satellite Symposium to ESSDERC 99, Leuven, Belgium [and] the Electrochemical Society Symposium on Diagnostic Techniques for Semiconductor Materials and Devices by Bernd O. Kolbesen

Focused ion beam is the ideal technique to overcome these problems as it allows site-specific cross-sectional imaging...

is also the site-specific preparation essential and the focused ion beam is a very suitable tool for this purpose.

Google previewEncyclopedia of White Power (2000)

A Sourcebook on the Radical Racist Right by Jeffrey Kaplan

Beam remains today one of the most important strategists and thinkers in the American race movement. See also: Aryan Nations; Black, Don; Butler, Richard; Christian Identity; Duke, David; Franklin, Joseph; Mathews, Robert; Miles, Robert; ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of SDI (1988)

by Harry Waldman

The GBL would use space-based relay mirrors and battle mirrors to reflect laser beams toward the ICBM boosters, but a means would have to be found to propagate the laser beam through the earth's atmosphere without losing the high quality ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (1990)

Volume 5 - Debuggers and Debugging Techniques to Electron Beam Lithography by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

Volume 5 - Debuggers and Debugging Techniques to Electron Beam Lithography Allen Kent, James G. Williams...

Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester, England: Electron Beam ...

Google previewDictionary of Automotive Engineering (2016)

by Don Goodsell

Also upper beam. main jet Principal jet in a carburetor through which the greater proportion of fuel flows in normal steady-state operation. main metering system Of a carburetor, the float chamber or other fuel source, with the main discharge ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Correspondences, Representatives, and Significatives Derived from the Word of the Lord. Extracted from the Writings of E. Swedenborg. [Abridged Principally from The"Dictionary of Correspondences,"by G. Nicholson.] (1841)

by Emanuel Swedenborg, George NICHOLSON (Incumbent of Little Budworth.)

* BEAM, (Gen. xix. 18; 2 Kings vi. 2, 5, 6; Hab. ii. 11; Matt.

Google previewIllustrated Encyclopedia of World Railway Locomotives (2001)

by P. Ransome-Wallis

Back buffer beam Banking engine Belpaire throat plate Bogie Bracket bearing Brake block carrier 9' ', ,, shaft Breakdown crane Bulfer beam Cab fall plate Cab floor Cast iron ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry: Applications (2001)

by Nicholas D. Spencer, John H. Moore

A comprehensive review published in 1994 summarizes such fundamental results from reactive molecular beam studies of both etching and deposition reactions. That review is highly recommended as an introduction to the field, since it also ...

Google previewDelaware Composites Design Encyclopedia (1990)

Test Methods by John W. Gillespie

Analytical expressions for compliance and strain energy release rate based upon beam theory (BT), a higher order beam theory (HOBT) based upon Reissner's variational principle, and a shear deformation plate theory (FT) are presented in ...

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I don't like being recognised, I have no interest in being famous at all, I just do what I do. If I could be like Captain Kirk and beam myself up and then beam myself down, I would! (Bruce Dickinson)
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Scrabble value of B3E1A1M3

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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