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beam

noun (n)

  • a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather (noun.communication)
    Synonym: radio beam
    source: wordnet30
  • long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation (noun.phenomenon)
    Synonym: electron beam, ray
    source: wordnet30
  • a column of light (as from a beacon) (noun.phenomenon)
    source: wordnet30
  • (nautical) breadth amidships (noun.attribute)
    source: wordnet30
  • the broad side of a ship (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    They sighted land on the port beam.
    source: wordnet30
  • a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: balance beam
    source: wordnet30
  • Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression (verb.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light (verb.weather)
    Synonym: shine
    Example:
    The fire beamed on their faces.
    source: wordnet30
  • express with a beaming face or smile (verb.communication)
    Example:
    He beamed his approval.
    source: wordnet30
  • broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television (verb.communication)
    Synonym: air, broadcast, send, transmit
    source: wordnet30
  • have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink (verb.perception)
    Synonym: glow, radiate, shine
    source: wordnet30
  • experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion (verb.emotion)
    Example:
    She was beaming with joy.
    source: wordnet30
  • To send forth; to emit; -- followed ordinarily by forth; as, to beam forth light. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To emit beams of light. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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