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Noun: beam  beem
  1. A signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides aeroplane pilots in darkness or bad weather
    - radio beam
  2. Long thick piece of wood, metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
  3. A group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
    - ray, electron beam
  4. A column of light (as from a beacon)
    - beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation
  5. (nautical) breadth amidships
  6. The broad side of a ship
    "they sighted land on the port beam"
  7. A gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts
    - balance beam
Verb: beam  beem
  1. Smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression
  2. Emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
    "The fire beamed on their faces";
    - shine
  3. Express with a beaming face or smile
    "he beamed his approval"
  4. (broadcast medium) broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
    "We cannot beam this X-rated song";
    - air, send, broadcast, transmit
  5. Have a complexion with a strong bright colour, such as red or pink
    "Her face beamed when she came out of the sauna";
    - glow, radiate, shine
  6. Experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
    "She was beaming with joy";
    - glow, radiate, shine

Derived forms: beams, beaming, beamed

Type of: air, appear, bare, breadth, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, evince [formal], exerciser, experience, express, feel, gymnastic apparatus, light, look, nonparticulate radiation, piece, publicise [Brit], publicize, seem, show, side, sign, signal, signaling [N. Amer], signalling [Brit, Cdn], smile, structural member, visible light, visible radiation, width

Encyclopedia: Beam, Jacob Dyneley