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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

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 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