on her beam-ends
phrasal inclined so much on one side that the beams approach a vertical position

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  • on her beam-ends — phrasal : inclined so much on one side that beams approach a vertical position with danger of capsizing * * * on her beam ends Of a ship, so much inclined to one side that the beams become nearly vertical • • • Main Entry: ↑beam * * * on her (or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • on her beam-ends — idi navig. on her beam ends, (of a ship) heeled so far on one side that the deck is practically vertical …   From formal English to slang

  • on her beam ends — ► on her (or its) beam ends (of a ship) on its side. Main Entry: ↑beam …   English terms dictionary

  • To be on her beam ends — Beam Beam (b[=e]m), n. [AS. be[ a]m beam, post, tree, ray of light; akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b[=o]m, D. boom, OHG. boum, poum, G. baum, Icel. ba[eth]mr, Goth. bagms and Gr. fy^ma a growth, fy^nai to become, to be. Cf. L. radius staff, rod …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on its beam ends — ► on her (or its) beam ends (of a ship) on its side. Main Entry: ↑beam …   English terms dictionary

  • On the beam — Beam Beam (b[=e]m), n. [AS. be[ a]m beam, post, tree, ray of light; akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b[=o]m, D. boom, OHG. boum, poum, G. baum, Icel. ba[eth]mr, Goth. bagms and Gr. fy^ma a growth, fy^nai to become, to be. Cf. L. radius staff, rod …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beam-ends — beam′ ends n. pl. navig. the ends of the transverse deck beams of a ship • on her beam ends on one s or the beam ends Etymology: 1765–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • beam-ends — /beem endz /, n.pl. 1. Naut. the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel. 2. on her beam ends, Naut. heeled so far on one side that the deck is practically vertical: The schooner was blown over on her beam ends. 3. on one s or the beam ends …   Universalium

  • beam-ends — noun (nautical) at the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel on her beam ends means heeled over on the side so that the deck is almost vertical • Topics: ↑seafaring, ↑navigation, ↑sailing • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • on her (or its) beam ends — (of a ship) heeled over on its side. → beam …   English new terms dictionary

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