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English noun: beam

1. beam (communication) a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather


Synonymsradio beam


Broader (hypernym)sign, signal, signaling

2. beam (artifact) long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction


Broader (hypernym)piece, structural member


Narrower (hyponym)balk, baulk, box beam, box girder, cantilever, crossbeam, crosspiece, girder, header, header, joist, keel, keelson, lintel, rafter, rider plate, ridge, ridgepole, rooftree, shore, shoring, tie, tie beam, timber, trave, traverse


Substance holonymwood

3. beam (phenomenon) a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation


Synonymselectron beam, ray


Broader (hypernym)electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, nonparticulate radiation


Narrower (hyponym)cathode ray, particle beam

4. beam (phenomenon) a column of light (as from a beacon)


Synonymsbeam of light, irradiation, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light


Broader (hypernym)light, visible light, visible radiation


Narrower (hyponym)heat ray, high beam, laser beam, low beam, moon ray, moon-ray, moonbeam, sunbeam, sunray

5. beam (attribute) (nautical) breadth amidships


Broader (hypernym)breadth, width


Domain categoryship

6. beam (artifact) the broad side of a ship


SamplesThey sighted land on the port beam.


Broader (hypernym)side

7. beam (artifact) a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts


Synonymsbalance beam


Broader (hypernym)exerciser, gymnastic apparatus


English verb: beam

1. beam (body) smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)smile

2. beam (weather) emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light


SamplesThe sun shone bright that day.
The fire beamed on their faces.


ExamplesLights beam on the horizon, The horizon is beaming with lights


Synonymsshine


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Narrower (hyponym)beacon, beat down, blaze, burn, flame, flare, flick, flicker, glare, glow, outshine, scintillate, shimmer, twinkle, winkle

3. beam (communication) express with a beaming face or smile


SamplesHe beamed his approval.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)evince, express, show

4. beam (communication) broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television


SamplesWe cannot air this X-rated song.


Synonymsair, broadcast, send, transmit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)air, bare, publicise, publicize


Narrower (hyponym)interrogate, rebroadcast, rerun, satellite, sportscast, telecast, televise


Causeair


Domain categorybroadcast medium, broadcasting

5. beam (perception) have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink


SamplesHer face glowed when she came out of the sauna.


Synonymsglow, radiate, shine


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)appear, look, seem

6. beam (emotion) experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion


SamplesShe was beaming with joy.
Her face radiated with happiness.


Synonymsglow, radiate, shine


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)experience, feel









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