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Definition 1: long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction - [noun denoting artifact]

(beam is a kind of ...) support that is a constituent part of any structure or building

(beam is a kind of ...) a separate part of a whole

"an important piece of the evidence"

(... is a kind of beam ) a beam built up from boards; has a hollow rectangular cross section

(... is a kind of beam ) a horizontal beam that extends across something

(... is a kind of beam ) a beam made of wood

(... is a kind of beam ) a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating

"he nailed the rafters together with a tie beam"

(... is a kind of beam ) a beam or timber that is propped against a structure to provide support

(... is a kind of beam ) a beam laid along the edge where two sloping sides of a roof meet at the top; provides an attachment for the upper ends of rafters

(... is a kind of beam ) a horizontal beam (or plate) connected to the top of a ship's vertical keel or to the keelson

(... is a kind of beam ) one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

(... is a kind of beam ) a longitudinal beam connected to the keel of ship to strengthen it

(... is a kind of beam ) one of the main longitudinal beams (or plates) of the hull of a vessel; can extend vertically into the water to provide lateral stability

(... is a kind of beam ) beam used to support floors or roofs

(... is a kind of beam ) horizontal beam used as a finishing piece over a door or window

(... is a kind of beam ) 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

(... is a kind of beam ) a beam made usually of steel; a main support in a structure

(... is a kind of beam ) projecting horizontal beam fixed at one end only

(beam is made of the substance ...) the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees

Definition 2: a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for beam in the sense of this definition

(beam is a kind of ...) sports equipment used in gymnastic exercises

Definition 3: the broad side of a ship - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where beam or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they sighted land on the port beam

(beam is a kind of ...) an extended outer surface of an object

"he turned the box over to examine the bottom side" "they painted all four sides of the house"

Definition 4: (nautical) breadth amidships - [noun denoting attribute]

(beam is a kind of ...) the extent of something from side to side

(beam belongs to category ...) a vessel that carries passengers or freight

Definition 5: a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for beam in the sense of this definition

(beam is a kind of ...) any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

"signals from the boat suddenly stopped"

Definition 6: a column of light (as from a beacon) - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Synonyms for beam in the sense of this definition

(beam is a kind of ...) (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation

"the light was filtered through a soft glass window"

(... is a kind of beam ) a ray that produces a thermal effect

(... is a kind of beam ) the beam of a car's headlights that provides distant illumination

(... is a kind of beam ) a ray of moonlight

(... is a kind of beam ) a ray of sunlight

(... is a kind of beam ) a beam of light generated by a laser

(... is a kind of beam ) the beam of a car's headlights that provides illumination for a short distance

Definition 7: a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Synonyms for beam in the sense of this definition

(beam is a kind of ...) radiation consisting of waves of energy associated with electric and magnetic fields resulting from the acceleration of an electric charge

(... is a kind of beam ) a beam of electrons emitted by the cathode of an electrical discharge tube

(... is a kind of beam ) a collimated flow of particles (atoms or electrons or molecules)

Definition 8: smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression - [verb of body]

(beam is a kind of ...) change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure

Definition 9: broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television - [verb of communication]

Samples where beam or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We cannot air this X-rated song

Synonyms for beam in the sense of this definition

(beam is a kind of ...) make public

"She aired her opinions on welfare"

(... is a kind of beam ) broadcast or disseminate via satellite

(... is a kind of beam ) broadcast a sports event

(... is a kind of beam ) broadcast via television

"The Royal wedding was televised"

(... is a kind of beam ) transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication

(... is a kind of beam ) broadcast again, as of a film

(beam causes ...) be broadcast

"This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M."

(beam belongs to category ...) a medium that disseminates via telecommunications

Definition 10: express with a beaming face or smile - [verb of communication]

Samples where beam or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he beamed his approval

(beam is a kind of ...) give expression to

"She showed her disappointment"

Definition 11: experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion - [verb of emotion]

Samples where beam or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She was beaming with joy
  • Her face radiated with happiness

Synonyms for beam in the sense of this definition

(beam is a kind of ...) undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

"She felt resentful" "He felt regret"

Definition 12: have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink - [verb of perception]

Samples where beam or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna

Synonyms for beam in the sense of this definition

(beam is a kind of ...) give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

"She seems to be sleeping" "This appears to be a very difficult problem" "This project looks fishy" "They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time"

Definition 13: emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light - [verb of weather]

Samples where beam or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The sun shone bright that day
  • The fire beamed on their faces

Synonyms for beam in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of beam ) shine hard

"The sun beat down on the hikers"

(... is a kind of beam ) emit or reflect light in a flickering manner

"Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"

(... is a kind of beam ) shine brightly and intensively

"Meteors blazed across the atmosphere"

(... is a kind of beam ) shine unsteadily

"The candle flickered"

(... is a kind of beam ) shine with a weak or fitful light

"Beech leaves shimmered in the moonlight"

(... is a kind of beam ) shine brighter than

"What star outshines the sun?"

(... is a kind of beam ) shine with a sudden light

"The night sky flared with the massive bombardment"

(... is a kind of beam ) shine intensely

"The sun glared down on us"

(... is a kind of beam ) shine like a beacon

(... is a kind of beam ) shine intensely, as if with heat

"The coals were glowing in the dark" "The candles were burning"

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