What is beam?

  • (verb): Especially of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink.
    Synonyms: glow, radiate, shine
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "beam":

  • (noun): Long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction.
  • (noun): A signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides pilots in darkness or bad weather.
    Synonyms: radio beam
  • (verb): Smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression.
  • (verb): Express with a beaming face or smile.
    Example: "He beamed his approval"
  • (noun): A gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts.
    Synonyms: balance beam
  • (verb): Emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light.
    Synonyms: shine
  • (verb): Experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion.
    Synonyms: glow, radiate, shine
  • (noun): A group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation.
    Synonyms: ray, electron beam
  • (noun): (nautical) breadth amidships.

Famous quotes containing the word beam:

    It was at that moment, just after Krug had fallen through the bottom of a confused dream and sat up on the straw with a gasp—and just before his reality, his remembered hideous misfortune could pounce upon him—it was then that I felt a pang of pity for Adam and slid towards him along an inclined beam of pale light—causing instantaneous madness, but at least saving him from the senseless agony of his logical fate.
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977)

    How can one beam alone support a house?
    Chinese proverb.

    What do we plant when we plant the tree?
    We plant the ship that will cross the sea,
    We plant the mast to carry the sails,
    We plant the planks to withstand the gales—
    The keel, the keelson, and beam and knee—
    We plant the ship when we plant the tree.
    Henry Abbey (1842–1911)