beamy

[bee-mee]
adjective, beamier, beamiest.
1.
emitting beams of or as of light; radiant.
2.
broad in the beam, as a ship.
3.
Zoology. having antlers, as a stag.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English bemy. See beam, -y1

beamily, adverb
beaminess, noun
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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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The hull has the same general form as a standard skipjack with a sharp convex bow, beamy midsection, and counter stern.
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