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American English: /bim/
British English: /biːm/

Translation of beam in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1
    (in building) viga (feminine)
    (in ship) bao (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • With sturdy metal beams as their building blocks, architects and engineers could erect monumental skyscrapers hundreds of feet in the air.
    • The slab is designed as a continuous plate supported by the floor beams and edge girders.
    • Here, behind the building's exposed beams, Sze stacked scores of small white jewelry boxes into precarious ziggurats.
    Example sentences
    • Good in all exercises, but excels on the asymmetrical bars and the beam.
    • The team was impressive especially on beam where gymnasts after gymnast nailed difficult combinations.
    • I think they were especially successful in the floor exercises, the beam and the vaults.
    Example sentences
    • One part of the outer hull is punctured by a support beam from the larger ship.
    • Startled, I jerked my hand away, smacking my head on one of the upper deck's support beams in the process.
    • It is mounted on a support beam under my rear deck.
    1.2 (widest part of ship) on the port/starboard beam
    a babor/estribor
    to be broad in the beam [colloquial]
    ser culón [colloquial]
    tener un buen trasero [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • She was constructed of teak and reported as being 84 tons, 56 feet in length and having a beam of 18 feet 6 inches.
    • She is one hundred and sixty eight feet in length, twenty four feet across the beam and weighs 330 tons.
    • With her three pearl white parallel hulls she had a 25-foot beam.
    1.3 (of scales)
    Example sentences
    • The most usual Irish term for a balance in general, and also for the beam of a balance, was meadh [ma], which is the word in use at the present day.
    • Directions indicated by the beam of a balance or a hanging plummet are called horizontal or vertical, respectively.
    • The original form of a weighing scale consisted of a beam with a fulcrum at its center.
  • 2 2.1 (ray)
    (broad) haz (masculine) de luz
    a beam of light keep the headlights on high or (British) full or main beam (Motor Vehicles)
    deja las (luces) largas
    deja las (luces) altas (Chile)
    to align the beams (Motor Vehicles)
    alinear los faros
    Example sentences
    • He had a touch of Jennifer Lopez's Latin good looks, but was less broad in the beam.
    • Annick is, to use one of my mother's expressions, a little broad in the beam.
    • She is, at 53, shorter than you'd expect, broad in the beam and still so extravagantly beautiful she appears unreal.
    Example sentences
    • As he stepped into a dim beam of light, I could make out his face; the face of a tortured man whose entire life had been called into question.
    • Natural light seeps through to every sump, and it is magical to drift through the maze of stalactites studded with reflective crystals, the light dancing in the beams of our torches.
    • Lighthouses are like isolated watchmen, flashing their warning beam of light in the night sky.
    2.2 (Radio)
    haz (masculine) de radiofaro
    to be off (the) beam
    estar equivocado
    he's way off (the) beam if he thinks that
    está totalmente equivocado si piensa eso
    to be on the beamher predictions were right on the beam
    sus predicciones resultaron totalmente acertadas
    you're right on the beam!
    ¡has dado en el clavo! [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • In addition to detecting enemy aircraft, the radar beam also echoed from precipitation, which proved a valuable tool in war planning.
    • Radar detectors do just what their name implies - they detect the radar beams that are emitted from a police officer or state trooper's radar guns.
    • The beams would guide a pilot to the airstrip, but in conditions of zero visibility, they did not provide altitude.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (shine) the sun was beaming down from a cloudless sky
    el sol caía de lleno desde un cielo sin nubes
    Example sentences
    • The sun shined brightly and the rays of light beamed into the King and Queen's room as the windows were opened.
    • The bright lights were still beaming down as bright as ever.
    • Suddenly, a bright light beamed on the werewolf's face, and it hid its eyes.
  • 2 (smile)
    sonreír (abiertamente)
    he greeted them with a beaming smile
    los saludó con una sonrisa radiante
    she beamed with delight
    sonrió encantada
    Example sentences
    • The Barbie looked at her, every bit of its plastic smile beaming its approval.
    • I beamed my approval and choked down the lump in my throat.
    • When I approach to thank him for the dance, he clasps my hand and shakes it vigorously, beaming appreciation.

transitive verb

  • 1 (broadcast)
    Example sentences
    • In one experiment, Clementine beamed radio signals into shadowed craters near the Moon's south pole.
    • A global Christian organisation already beams a shortwave signal from transmitters just outside Kununurra.
    • The moment will be beamed by satellite transmission to television and radio stations around the world.
  • 2 (express by smile) he beamed a welcome
    sonrió en señal de bienvenida

Phrasal verbs

beam down

verb + object + adverb
to beam somebody down
teletransportar a alguien

beam up

verb + object + adverb
to beam somebody up
teletransportar a alguien
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