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Beam may refer to:

Beam - the lifeblood of Mittens; one half of a formidable team.

See also

  • Beam theory, a means of calculating the load-carrying and deflection characteristics of beams
  • Battle of the Beams, radio countermeasures used against navigational system used by the Luftwaffe during WWII
  • Jim Beam, a popular brand of American Whiskey


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary





Middle English beem, Old English bēam, originally meaning "tree," cognate with Dutch boom, German Baum, Old High German boum "tree"





beam (plural beams)

  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; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another; also called breadth. (FM 55-501).
  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. 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 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; -- 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. (figuratively) 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. (music) A horizontal bar which connects the stems of two or more notes to group them and to indicate metric value.

Derived terms


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to beam

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to beam (third-person singular simple present beams, present participle beaming, simple past and past participle beamed)

  1. (science fiction) To transmit matter or information via a high-tech wireless mechanism.
    Beam me up, Scotty; there's no intelligent life down here. [Star Trek]
  2. To smile broadly or especially cheerfully.


  • Anagrams of abem
  • bema

Old English


From West Germanic *bauma-. Cognate with Old Frisian bām, Old Saxon bām (Dutch boom), Old High German boum (German Baum). The word is related in some way to Gothic 𐌱𐌰𐌲𐌼𐍃, Old Norse baðmr, suggesting a possible ultimate Germanic source *baugmaz.


  • IPA: /bæːɑm/


bēam m.

  1. tree
    on ðæs beames bledum: on the branches of the tree
  2. the Cross
    Wæs se beam bocstafum awriten: the Cross was inscribed with letters (Codex Vercillensis)
  3. beam of wood


Singular Plural
nominative bēam bēamas
accusative bēam bēamas
genitive bēames bēama
dative bēame bēamum






  1. first-person singular imperfect form of bea.
  2. first-person plural imperfect form of bea.

West Frisian


beam c.

  1. tree

Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

Beam could mean:

  • Beam theory, a way to find the load-carrying and deflection characteristics of beams
  • Beam (nautical), the most extreme width (or breadth) of a nautical vessel, or a point alongside the ship at the mid-point of its length
  • Beam (structure), a construction element
  • A narrow stream of particles or energy:
    • Charged particle beam
    • Light or other Electromagnetic radiation
    • The output of a raygun in science fiction
    • Beam weapons from the Metroid series
    • Beaming means a way of traveling on the Star Trek television series
    • Tractor beam, a hypothetical beam that pulls or pushes
  • "On the beam", following a radio navigation beacon
  • Beam (music), a connection line in musical notation
  • Balance beam (gymnastics), a piece of gymnastics equipment
  • BEAM robotics, an automatically moving machine based on analog electronics
  • Beam Software, a computer game developer
  • BEAM.TV, a global distribution network


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