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beam British & World English

A long, sturdy piece of squared timber or metal used to support the roof or floor of a building

beam English Thesaurus

there are very fine oak beams in the oldest part of the house

I-beam British & World English

A girder which has the shape of an I when viewed in section

off beam British & World English

On the wrong track; mistaken

beam sea British & World English

A sea which is rolling against a ship’s side approximately at right angles

box beam British & World English

Another term for box girder.

full beam British & World English

The brightest setting of a vehicle’s headlights

high beam British & World English

North American term for full beam.

low beam British & World English

An automobile headlight providing short-range illumination, used on lit roads and when visible to oncoming traffic

main beam British & World English

A principal beam which transmits a load directly to a column

tie beam British & World English

A horizontal beam connecting two rafters in a roof or roof truss

beam engine British & World English

A stationary steam engine with a large oscillating beam that transmits the vertical movement of the pistons to a crank or pump

collar beam British & World English

A horizontal piece of squared timber connecting two rafters and forming with them an A-shaped roof truss

cross-beam British & World English

A transverse beam

flitch beam British & World English

A compound beam made of an iron plate between two slabs of wood

hammer beam British & World English

A short wooden beam (typically carved) projecting from a wall to support either a principal rafter or one end of an arch

sealed-beam British & World English

Denoting a vehicle headlamp with a sealed unit consisting of the light source, reflector, and lens

balance beam British & World English

A narrow horizontal bar raised off the floor, on which a gymnast balances while performing exercises

beam compass British & World English

A drawing compass consisting of a horizontal rod or beam connected by sliding sockets to two vertical legs, used for drawing large circles

beam splitter British & World English

A device for dividing a beam of light or other electromagnetic radiation into two or more separate beams

electron beam British & World English

A stream of electrons in a gas or vacuum

particle beam British & World English

A concentrated stream of subatomic particles, generated in order to cause collisions between particles that will shed new light on their nature and structure

tractor beam British & World English

(In science fiction) a hypothetical beam of energy that can be used to move objects such as spaceships or hold them stationary

on the beam British & World English

On the right track

post-and-beam British & World English

(Of a building or a method of construction) having or using a framework of upright and horizontal beams

on her beam ends British & World English

(Of a ship) heeled over on its side; almost capsized

on one's beam ends British & World English

Near the end of one’s resources; desperate

broad in the beam British & World English

(Of a person) fat around the hips

a beam in one's eye British & World English

A fault that is greater in oneself than in the person one is finding fault with

beam someone up/down in beam British & World English

(In science fiction) transport someone instantaneously to or from a spaceship

off beam in beam British & World English

On the wrong track; mistaken

torsion bar British & World English

A bar forming part of a vehicle suspension, twisting in response to the motion of the wheels and absorbing their vertical movement

torsion beam in torsion bar British & World English

A bar forming part of a vehicle suspension, twisting in response to the motion of the wheels and absorbing their vertical movement

off or way off beam in beam British & World English

On the wrong track; mistaken

off beam in beam English Thesaurus

you're way off beam on this one

on her beam ends in beam British & World English

(Of a ship) heeled over on its side; almost capsized

on one's beam ends in beam British & World English

Near the end of one’s resources; desperate

broad in the beam in broad British & World English

(Of a person) fat around the hips

beam compasses in beam compass British & World English

A drawing compass consisting of a horizontal rod or beam connected by sliding sockets to two vertical legs, used for drawing large circles

a beam in one's eye in beam British & World English

A fault that is greater in oneself than in the person one is finding fault with

on her or its beam ends in beam British & World English

(Of a ship) heeled over on its side; almost capsized