Definition of beam :
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat.
4. Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use.
5. Fig.: A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort.
6. One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; - called also beam feather.
7. One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or ship.
8. The bar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended.
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. The pole of a carriage.
11. The principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which bears the antlers, or branches.
12. The straight part or shank of an anchor.
13. The width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another.
14. To emit beams of light.
15. To send forth; to emit; - followed ordinarily by forth; as, to beam forth light.
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beam (part of speech: noun)
smile (part of speech: verb)
light (part of speech: verb)
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- The family is one beam of delight when I arrive; the children quarrel who shall sit by me at table, and I have all my favourite puddings. - "Pixie O'Shaughnessy", Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey.
- I'll watch and listen- and maybe tell you if I think you're off beam. - "The Planet Strappers", Raymond Zinke Gallun.
- Tall enough she was, her head seemingly about a foot from the cross- beam of the door. - "Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso", Maurice Henry Hewlett.