Learn how to say Beam correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word beam:
1a long, sturdy piece of squared timber or metal used to support the roof or floor of a building:
there are very fine oak beams in the oldest part of the house
the cottage boasts a wealth of exposed beams
a narrow, raised horizontal piece of squared timber on which a gymnast balances while performing exercises:
a compulsory set of exercises on floor, vault, bars, and beam
a horizontal piece of squared timber or metal supporting the deck and joining the sides of a ship:
the watertight skin and deck were put on over this framework of ribs and beams
Nautical the direction of an object visible from the port or starboard side of a ship when it is perpendicular to the centre line of the vessel:
there was land in sight on the port beam
a ship’s breadth at its widest point:
a cutter with a beam of 16 feet
informal the width of a person’s hips:
notice how broad in the beam she’s getting?
the main stem of a stag’s antler:
the wide beams sprouted ten main tines
the crossbar of a balance.
an oscillating shaft which transmits the vertical piston movement of a beam engine to the crank or pump.
the shank of an anchor.
historical the main timber of a horse-drawn plough.
2a ray or shaft of light:
a beam of light flashed in front of her
the torch beam dimmed perceptibly
a directional flow of particles or radiation:
beams of electrons
a series of radio or radar signals emitted as a navigational guide for ships or aircraft:
the detector simply pinpoints the radar beams that other ships transmit
3a radiant or good-natured look or smile:
a beam of satisfaction