• (n.) Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its
thickness, and prepared for use.
• (n.) One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or
• (n.) The width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more
beam than another.
• (n.) The bar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are
• (n.) The principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which
bears the antlers, or branches.
• (n.) The pole of a carriage.
• (n.) A cylinder of wood, making part of a loom, on which weavers
wind the warp before weaving; also, the cylinder on which the cloth is
rolled, as it is woven; one being called the fore beam, the other the
• (n.) The straight part or shank of an anchor.
• (n.) The main part of a plow, to which the handles and colter are
secured, and to the end of which are attached the oxen or horses that
• (n.) A heavy iron lever having an oscillating motion on a central
axis, one end of which is connected with the piston rod from which it
receives motion, and the other with the crank of the wheel shaft; --
called also working beam or walking beam.
• (n.) A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or
other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat.
• (n.) Fig.: A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort.
• (n.) One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; -- called
also beam feather.
• (v. t.) To send forth; to emit; -- followed ordinarily by forth;
as, to beam forth light.
• (v. i.) To emit beams of light.