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beam Idioms & Phrases


Abaft the beam

  • (Naut.), in an arc of the horizon between a line that crosses the ship at right angles, or in the direction of her beams, and that point of the compass toward which her stern is directed.
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balance beam

  • noun a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts
    beam.
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beam balance

  • noun a balance consisting of a lever with two equal arms and a pan suspended from each arm
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Beam center

  • (Mach.), the fulcrum or pin on which the working beam of an engine vibrates.
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Beam compass

  • an instrument consisting of a rod or beam, having sliding sockets that carry steel or pencil points; used for drawing or describing large circles.
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Beam engine

  • a steam engine having a working beam to transmit power, in distinction from one which has its piston rod attached directly to the crank of the wheel shaft.
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beam of light

  • noun a column of light (as from a beacon)
    shaft; ray of light; irradiation; shaft of light; beam; beam of light; ray.
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beam scale

  • noun a portable balance consisting of a pivoted bar with arms of unequal length
    lever scale; steelyard.
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beam tree

Beam" tree`
Etymology
AS. beám a tree. See Beam.
Definitions
  1. (Bot.) A tree (Pyrus aria) related to the apple.
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beam-ends

  • noun (nautical) at the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel
    • on her beam-ends" means heeled over on the side so that the deck is almost vertical
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Before the beam

  • (Naut.), in an arc of the horizon included between a line that crosses the ship at right angles and that point of the compass toward which the ship steers.
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Binding beam

  • (Arch.), the main timber in double flooring.
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Box beam

  • noun a beam built up from boards; has a hollow rectangular cross section
    box girder.
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  • (Arch.), a beam made of metal plates so as to have the form of a long box.
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Brake beamBrake bar

  • the beam that connects the brake blocks of opposite wheels.
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Camber beam

  • (Arch.), a beam whose under side has a concave curve upward.
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Collar beam

  • (Arch.), a horizontal piece of timber connecting and tying together two opposite rafters; also, called simply collar.
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electron beam

  • noun a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
    beam; ray.
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eye-beaming

  • noun a radiant glance of the eye
    • he pretended profundity by eye-beamings at people
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Fish beam

  • (Mech.), a beam one of whose sides (commonly the under one) swells out like the belly of a fish. Francis.
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Footing beam

  • the tie beam of a roof.
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Fork beam

  • (Shipbuilding), a half beam to support a deck, where hatchways occur.
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hammer-beam

Ham"mer-beam` noun
Definitions
  1. (Cothic Arch.) A member of one description of roof truss, called hammer-beam truss, which is so framed as not to have a tiebeam at the top of the wall. Each principal has two hammer-beams, which occupy the situation, and to some extent serve the purpose, of a tiebeam.
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high beam

  • noun the beam of a car's headlights that provides distant illumination
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i-beam

  • noun girder having a cross section resembling the letter `I'
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ion beam

  • noun a beam of ions moving in the same direction at the same speed
    ion beam.
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ionic beam

  • noun a beam of ions moving in the same direction at the same speed
    ion beam.
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laser beam

  • noun a beam of light generated by a laser
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light beam

  • noun a column of light (as from a beacon)
    shaft; ray of light; irradiation; shaft of light; beam; beam of light; ray.
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low beam

  • noun the beam of a car's headlights that provides illumination for a short distance
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low-beam

  • adjective satellite used of headlights
    • following with low-beam headlights
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Main beam

  • (Steam Engine), working beam.
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Midship beam

  • (Naut.), the beam or timber upon which the broadest part of a vessel is formed.
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Needle beam

  • (Arch.), to shoring, the horizontal cross timber which goes through the wall or a pier, and upon which the weight of the wall rests, when a building is shored up to allow of alterations in the lower part.
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On the beam

  • in a line with the beams, or at right angled with the keel.
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On the lee beam

  • directly to the leeward; in a line at right angles to the length of the vessel and to the leeward.
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On the weather beam

  • on the side of a ship which faces the wind.
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Paddle beam

  • (Shipbuilding), one of two large timbers supporting the spring beam and paddle box of a steam vessel.
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particle beam

  • noun a collimated flow of particles (atoms or electrons or molecules)
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Plow beam

  • that part of the frame of a plow to which the draught is applied. See Beam, n., 9.
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radio beam

  • noun a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather
    beam.
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Rood beam

  • (Arch.), a beam across the chancel of a church, supporting the road.
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Spring beam

  • a beam that supports the side of a paddle box. See Paddle beam, under Paddle, n.
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Swing beam

  • (Railway Mach.), a crosspiece sustaining the car body, and so suspended from the framing of a truck that it may have an independent lateral motion.
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Tail beam

  • . (Arch.) Same as Tailpiece.
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tie beam

  • noun a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating
    tie.
    • he nailed the rafters together with a tie beam
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To be on her beam ends

  • to incline, as a vessel, so much on one side that her beams approach a vertical position.
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To kick the beam

  • to fit up and strike the beam; said of the lighter arm of a loaded balance; hence, to be found wanting in weight. Milton.
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Trussed beam

  • a beam which is stiffened by a system of braces constituting a truss of which the beam is a chord.
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Walking beam

  • . See Beam, 10.
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Warp beam

  • the roller on which the warp is wound in a loom.
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Working beam

  • . See Beam, n. 10.
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