beam

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A supporting member of wood or steel; structural support member (of steel, concrete, lumber, etc.) transversely supporting a load that transfers weight from one location to another.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
beam (noun)
1.
a) a long piece of heavy often squared timber suitable for use in construction
b) a wood or metal cylinder in a loom on which the warp is wound
c) the part of a plow to which handles, standard, and coulter are attached
d) the bar of a balance from which scales hang
e) one of the principal horizontal supporting members (as of a building or ship) - a steel beam supporting a floor , also - boom spar the beam of a crane
f) the extreme width of a ship at the widest part
g) an oscillating lever on a central axis receiving motion at one end from an engine connecting rod and transmitting it at the other
2.
a) a ray or shaft of light
b) a collection of nearly parallel rays (as X rays) or a stream of particles (as electrons)
c) a constant directional radio signal transmitted for the guidance of pilots , also the course indicated by a radio beam
3.
the main stem of a deer's antler
4.
the width of the buttocks
beam (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to emit in or as a beam - beams
2.
to support with beams
3.
a) to transmit especially by satellite - broadcast
b) to transmit (data) electronically
intransitive verb
c) to direct to a particular audience
1.
to send out beams of light
2.
to smile with joy
beam (Wikipedia)

Beam may refer to:

  • Beam (structure), a structural element
  • Beam (nautical), the most extreme width (or breadth) of a nautical vessel, or a point alongside the ship at the midpoint of its length
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