beam


beam
[[t]bi͟ːm[/t]]
beams, beaming, beamed
1) VERB If you say that someone is beaming, you mean that they have a big smile on their face because they are happy, pleased, or proud about something. [WRITTEN]

[V at/with n] Frances beamed at her friend with undisguised admiration...

[V with quote] `Welcome back,' she beamed.

[V-ing] ...the beaming face of a 41-year-old man on the brink of achieving his dreams.

2) N-COUNT: usu n N, N of n A beam is a line of energy, radiation, or particles sent in a particular direction.

...high-energy laser beams.

...a beam of neutrons.

3) V-ERG If radio signals or television pictures are beamed somewhere, they are sent there by means of electronic equipment.

[be V-ed prep/adv] The interview was beamed live across America...

[V prep/adv] Soon, CMTV will be beaming into British homes via the Astra satellite.

[V n prep/adv] ...a ship which is due to begin beaming radio broadcasts to China.

4) N-COUNT: usu N of n, n N A beam of light is a line of light that shines from an object such as a lamp.
5) VERB If something such as the sun or a lamp beams down, it sends light to a place and shines on it.

[V adv/prep] A sharp white spot-light beamed down on a small stage...

[V adv/prep] All you see of the outside world is the sunlight beaming through the cracks in the roof.

6) N-COUNT A beam is a long thick bar of wood, metal, or concrete, especially one used to support the roof of a building.

The ceilings are supported by oak beams.

Syn:
plank, girder
7) N-SING: usu the N In gymnastics, the beam is a piece of equipment that consists of a narrow wooden bar on which gymnasts balance and perform movements.
8) See also off-beam

English dictionary. 2008.

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