beaming

[bee-ming]

Origin:
1660–70; beam + -ing2

beamingly, adverb
unbeaming, adjective
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beam

[beem]
noun
1.
any of various relatively long pieces of metal, wood, stone, etc., manufactured or shaped especially for use as rigid members or parts of structures or machines.
2.
Building Trades. a horizontal bearing member, as a joist or lintel.
3.
Engineering. a rigid member or structure supported at each end, subject to bending stresses from a direction perpendicular to its length.
4.
Nautical.
a.
a horizontal structural member, usually transverse, for supporting the decks and flats of a vessel.
b.
the extreme width of a vessel.
c.
the shank of an anchor.
5.
Aeronautics. the direction perpendicular to the plane of symmetry of an aircraft and outward from the side.
6.
the widest part.
7.
Slang. the measure across both hips or buttocks: broad in the beam.
8.
Machinery.
b.
(in a loom) a roller or cylinder on which the warp is wound before weaving.
c.
a similar cylinder on which cloth is wound as it is woven.
9.
the crossbar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales or pans are suspended.
10.
a ray of light: The sun shed its beams upon the vineyard.
11.
a group of nearly parallel rays.
12.
Radio, Aeronautics. a signal transmitted along a narrow course, used to guide pilots through darkness, bad weather, etc.
13.
Electronics. a narrow stream of electrons, as that emitted from the electron gun of a cathode ray tube.
14.
the angle at which a microphone or loudspeaker functions best.
15.
the cone-shaped range of effective use of a microphone or loudspeaker.
16.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. beam antenna.
17.
a gleam; suggestion: a beam of hope.
18.
a radiant smile.
19.
the principal stem of the antler of a deer.
verb (used with object)
20.
to emit in or as in beams or rays.
21.
Radio. to transmit (a signal) in a particular direction.
22.
Radio and Television. to direct (a program, commercial message, etc.) to a predetermined audience.
verb (used without object)
23.
to emit beams, as of light.
24.
to smile radiantly or happily.
Idioms
25.
beam in, Citizens Band Radio Slang. to be received under optimum conditions; be heard loud and clear: They told me I was really beaming in.
26.
fly the beam, Radio, Aeronautics. (of an aircraft) to be guided by a beam.
27.
off the beam,
a.
not on the course indicated by a radio beam.
b.
Informal. wrong; incorrect: The pollsters were off the beam again for the last presidential election.
28.
on the beam,
a.
on the course indicated by a radio beam, as an airplane.
b.
Nautical. at right angles to the keel.
c.
Informal. proceeding well; correct; exact: Their research is right on the beam and the results should be very valuable.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English beem, Old English bēam tree, post, ray of light; cognate with Old Frisian bām, Old Saxon bōm, Dutch boom, Old High German boum (German Baum), Gothic bagms, Old Norse bathmr tree; the identity of the consonant which has assimilated itself to the following m is unclear, as is the original root; perhaps Germanic *bagmaz < *bargmaz < Indo-European *bhorǵh-mos growth; see barrow2

beamless, adjective
beamlike, adjective
outbeam, verb (used with object)
unbeamed, adjective
underbeam, noun


10. See gleam. 20. See shine1.
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beam (biːm)
 
n
1.  a long thick straight-sided piece of wood, metal, concrete, etc, esp one used as a horizontal structural member
2.  any rigid member or structure that is loaded transversely
3.  the breadth of a ship or boat taken at its widest part, usually amidships
4.  a ray or column of light, as from a beacon
5.  a broad smile
6.  one of the two cylindrical rollers on a loom, one of which holds the warp threads before weaving, the other the finished work
7.  the main stem of a deer's antler from which the smaller branches grow
8.  the central shaft of a plough to which all the main parts are attached
9.  a narrow unidirectional flow of electromagnetic radiation or particles: a beam of light; an electron beam
10.  the horizontal centrally pivoted bar in a balance
11.  informal the width of the hips (esp in the phrase broad in the beam)
12.  a beam in one's eye a fault or grave error greater in oneself than in another person
13.  off beam, off the beam
 a.  not following a radio beam to maintain a course
 b.  informal wrong, mistaken, or irrelevant
14.  on the beam
 a.  following a radio beam to maintain a course
 b.  nautical opposite the beam of a vessel; abeam
 c.  informal correct, relevant, or appropriate
 
vb
15.  to send out or radiate (rays of light)
16.  (tr) to divert or aim (a radio signal or broadcast, light, etc) in a certain direction: to beam a programme to Tokyo
17.  to pass (data, esp business card details, etc) from one hand-held computer to another by means of infrared beams
18.  (intr) to smile broadly with pleasure or satisfaction
 
[Old English beam; related to Gothic bagms tree, Old High German boum tree]
 
beamed
 
adj
 
'beaming
 
adj, —n
 
'beamless
 
adj
 
'beamlike
 
adj
 
'beamy
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

beam
O.E. beam originally "living tree," but by 1000 also "post, ship's timber," from W.Gmc. *baumoz (cf. O.Fris. bam "tree, gallows, beam," M.Du. boom, Ger. Baum "tree"), perhaps from PIE verb root *bu- "to grow" (see be). Meaning of "ray of light" developed in O.E., probably because
it was used by Bede to render L. columna lucis, Biblical "pillar of fire." Nautical sense of "one of the horizontal transverse timbers holding a ship together" is from 1620s, hence "greatest breadth of a ship," and slang broad in the beam "wide-hipped" (of persons). The verb meaning "emit rays of light" is from mid-15c.; sense of "to smile radiantly" is from 1893; that of "to direct radio transmissions" is from 1927. To be on the beam (1941) was originally an aviator's term for "to follow the course indicated by a radio beam." Lewis Carroll may have thought he was inventing beamish in "Jabberwocky," but it is attested from 1530.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
BEAM
biology, electronics, aesthetics, and mechanics (robotics)
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Beam definition


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.

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But then she straightens up in her chair and gives a blank, faux-happy smile,
  as if beaming mindlessly for the camera.
Researcher envisions beaming entangled photons into space.
Invented method for improving wireless services by beaming signals directly to
  mobile users.
Instead, it was activated remotely by beaming a radio signal at it from a
  nearby transmitter.
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