On Election Night, he beamed: “This is the beginning of a new chapter in the life of our city.”
Arianna Huffington, who spent a quarter-million bucks to bus people here from New York, beamed as she watched the proceedings.
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Michael beamed when he talked about his father, Brent, a doctor, and his brother, Jeff, a decorated Iraq war veteran.
The young infantryman in me beamed and I started to grin, thinking about the glory.
The father, who delighted in a gay throng, beamed at us from over the table.
She beamed at my appearance, and her every word was caressing and deferential.
Colonel Fortescue beamed with pride; no other girl at the post had as much solid information as Anita.
Your own beauty, my fair townswomen, would have beamed upon you, out of my scene.
The mother leaned over him with a face that would have beamed with sunshine if the sun of sight had not been missing.
Old English beam originally "living tree," but by late 10c. also "rafter, post, ship's timber," from Proto-Germanic *baumaz (cf. Old Norse baðmr, Old Frisian bam "tree, gallows, beam," Middle Dutch boom, Old High German boum, German Baum "tree," Gothic bagms), perhaps from PIE verb root *bheue- "to grow" (see be). The shift from *-au- to -ea- is regular in Old English.
Meaning "ray of light" developed in Old English, probably because it was used by Bede to render Latin columna lucis, the Biblical "pillar of fire." Nautical sense of "one of the horizontal transverse timbers holding a ship together" is from early 13c., hence "greatest breadth of a ship," and slang broad in the beam "wide-hipped" (of persons). To be on the beam (1941) was originally an aviator's term for "to follow the course indicated by a radio beam."
"emit rays of light," early 15c., from beam (n.) in the "ray of light" sense. Sense of "to smile radiantly" is from 1804; that of "to direct radio transmissions" is from 1927. Related: Beamed; beaming.
occurs in the Authorized Version as the rendering of various Hebrew words. In 1 Sam. 17:7, it means a weaver's frame or principal beam; in Hab. 2:11, a crossbeam or girder; 2 Kings 6:2, 5, a cross-piece or rafter of a house; 1 Kings 7:6, an architectural ornament as a projecting step or moulding; Ezek. 41:25, a thick plank. In the New Testament the word occurs only in Matt. 7:3, 4, 5, and Luke 6:41, 42, where it means (Gr. dokos) a large piece of wood used for building purposes, as contrasted with "mote" (Gr. karphos), a small piece or mere splinter. "Mote" and "beam" became proverbial for little and great faults.