What is beam?

More definitions of "beam":

  • (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
  • (noun): (nautical) breadth amidships.
  • (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): Long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction.
  • (verb): Especially of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink.
    Synonyms: glow, radiate, shine
  • (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.

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)

    Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
    Bible: New Testament Jesus, in Matthew, 7:3.

    From the Sermon on the Mount.

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