(noun, verb)


1. a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather

Definition categories: communication, sign, signal, signaling

2. long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction

Definition categories: man–made, piece

3. a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation

Similar word(s): ray

Definition categories: phenomenon

4. a column of light (as from a beacon)

Similar word(s): irradiation, ray, shaft

Definition categories: phenomenon, light

5. (nautical) breadth amidships

Definition categories: attribute, breadth, width

6. the broad side of a ship

- they sighted land on the port beam

Definition categories: man–made, side

7. a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts

Definition categories: man–made, exerciser

Sentences with beam as a noun:

- This ship has more beam than that one.

- a beam of light

- a beam of energy

- a beam of hope, or of comfort


1. smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression

Definition categories: body, smile

2. emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light

- The fire beamed on their faces

Similar word(s): shine

Definition categories: weather

3. express with a beaming face or smile

- he beamed his approval

Definition categories: communication, evince, express, show

4. broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television

Similar word(s): air, broadcast, send, transmit

Definition categories: communication, air, bare, publicise, publicize

5. have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

Similar word(s): glow, radiate, shine

Definition categories: perception, appear, look, seem

6. experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion

- She was beaming with joy

Similar word(s): glow, radiate, shine

Definition categories: emotion, experience, feel

Sentences with beam as a verb:

- to beam forth light

- Beam me up, Scotty; there's no intelligent life down here.