beam
I. noun Etymology: Middle English beem, from Old English bēam tree, beam; akin to Old High German boum tree Date: before 12th century 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
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; also boom, spar <
the beam of a crane
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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 II. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to emit in beams or as a beam 2. to support with beams 3. a. to transmit especially by satellite ; broadcast b. to transmit (data) electronically c. to direct to a particular audience intransitive verb 1. to send out beams of light 2. to smile with joy

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  • 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, spoke of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beam — may refer to: *Beam (structure), a construction element *Beam (nautical), the most extreme width (or breadth) of a nautical vessel, or a point alongside the ship at the mid point of its length *A narrow, propagating stream of particles or energy …   Wikipedia

  • BEAM — (englisch „Strahl“) steht für: Beam (Robotik), Sammelbegriff für eine bestimmte Sorte von Robotern Beam (Band), ein Musikduo Breite über alles (Schiffsbreite) Beam ist der Nachname folgender Personen: Jacob Beam (1760–1839, eigentlich Johannes… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • beam — beam·age; beam; beam·er; beam·fill·ing; beam·i·ly; beam·ing·ly; beam·ish; beam·less; beam·ster; semi·beam; white·beam; mi·cro·beam; …   English syllables

  • Beam — (englisch „Strahl“) steht für: Beam (Robotik), Sammelbegriff für eine bestimmte Sorte von Robotern Beam (Band), ein Musikduo Breite über alles (Schiffsbreite) Beam ist der Nachname folgender Personen: H. Beam Piper (1904–1964), US amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • beam — ► NOUN 1) a long piece of timber or metal used as a support in building. 2) a narrow horizontal length of timber for balancing on in gymnastics. 3) a ray or shaft of light or particles. 4) a radiant smile. 5) a ship s breadth at its widest point …   English terms dictionary

  • beam — [bēm] n. [ME < OE, a tree, piece of wood, column; akin to Ger baum, Du boom, tree] 1. Obs. the squared off trunk of a tree 2. a) a long, thick piece of wood, metal, or stone, used in building b) such a piece used as a horizontal support for a… …   English World dictionary

  • Beam — est un domaine de la robotique qui cherche à construire des robots avec le minimum de composants électroniques. La condition sinéquanone pour qu un robot soir considérré comme BEAM , inventée par le roboticien Mark Tilden, est de réduire au… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Beam — 〈[bi:m] m. 6〉 Zielstrahl eines Satelliten [engl.] * * * Beam   [biːm; englisch »Richtstrahl«] der, s/ s, die Strahlungskeule eines Satellitensenders (Transponder); im Querschnitt kreisförmig, elliptisch oder in anderen gezogenen Rundformen,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • beam — [n1] length of material used as support axle, bail, balk, bolster, boom, brace, cantilever, column, crossbar, crosspiece, girder, jamb, joist, lath, lintel, pile, piling, pillar, plank, pole, post, prop, rafter, reach, scaffolding, scantling,… …   New thesaurus

  • BEAM — BEAM[1] (acronyme qui signifie « Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics ») est un concept robotique, créé par le roboticien Mark Tilden (en), qui cherche à construire des robots avec le minimum de composants électroniques …   Wikipédia en Français

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