Definition of 'beam'
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The red peaks dancing across the screen represent insects crossing the laser beam. Smithsonian Mag (2017)The megawatt beam on her face said it all. The Sun (2017)The nine rooms are smart, with exposed beams and floral fabrics. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It had beamed back data for 12 years on how the solar system was formed. The Sun (2016)Rooms are small but comfortable, with exposed beams. Times, Sunday Times (2016) Laser beams can currently be weakened or blocked by clouds but experts say the more powerful lasers of the future may be less affected by weather. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The villas sleep six in three bedrooms and the interiors are a beautiful blend of original stone walls, oak beams and large fireplaces with contemporary furniture. Times, Sunday Times (2017)With stone façades and exposed beams, the hotel is spread over two buildings and has 11 rooms and suites. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This guy that I watched - his eyes were like laser beams. The Sun (2016)Instead she beams with energy as she outlines the good things in her life. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It does this with the aid of infrared beams and optical sensors. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It beams a radio signal that bounces back off a metallic object. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The property is a converted farmhouse with thick stone walls and oak beams. Times, Sunday Times (2007)So my holiday went from slippery beam to beaming smiles. The Sun (2015)In the main bedroom imposing beams support a domed roof space above the double bed. Times, Sunday Times (2007)There were exposed beams and a neat chest of drawers. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The balance beam is only twelve inches off the fully carpeted floor. Christianity Today (2000)It consists of a long beam or bar on which two points are attached. Technology Basic Facts (1990)Thick wooden beams serve as desk tops. Times, Sunday Times (2015)His legs and a shoulder are blocked by metal beams. Times, Sunday Times (2006)When they came back their rosy faces beamed. Heidi (1881)The giveaways are the concrete beams and the ubiquitous air conditioning. Times, Sunday Times (2011)This movement alters the range of the beam from narrow and direct to wide and diffuse. Times, Sunday Times (2008)When mosquitoes were put in a chamber with an infrared beam they appeared to try to avoid the beam. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He spent as much time dabbling with artistic and literary pursuits as he did with frequency counters and laser beams. Times, Sunday Times (2011)And as one the jury beamed back their gratitude, as pleased as a patted dog. KANDAHAR COCKNEY: A Tale of Two Worlds (2004)The plane can beam live video of the sea and stay airborne for 12 hours. The Sun (2015)High energy beams will leave surrounding flesh untouched meaning much higher doses can be blasted at high-risk areas. The Sun (2016)Rather than open beams, the room has a plaster ceiling formed into rectangular panels but leaving the central wood beam uncovered. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The chief executive tweeted a picture of himself at the launch, surrounded by actresses, beaming broadly. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
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Translations for 'beam'
British English: beam /biːm/ NOUN
A beam of light is a line of light that shines from an object such as a torch or the sun.
- American English: beam
- Arabic: شُعَاع
- Brazilian Portuguese: feixe de luz
- Chinese: 光束
- Croatian: zraka
- Czech: paprsek světla
- Danish: stråle
- Dutch: straal
- European Spanish: rayo
- Finnish: säde
- French: rayon
- German: Strahl
- Greek: δέσμη
- Italian: raggio
- Japanese: 笑顔
- Korean: 환한 미소
- Norwegian: stråle
- Polish: promienny uśmiech
- European Portuguese: feixe
- Romanian: rază
- Russian: пучок a long thick straight-sided piece of wood, metal, concrete, etc
- Spanish: rayo
- Swedish: bjälke
- Thai: ลำแสง
- Turkish: ışın
- Ukrainian: промінь
- Vietnamese: tia
British English: beam VERB
If you say that someone is beaming, you mean that they have a big smile on their face because they are happy, pleased, or proud about something.
She beamed at her friend with undisguised admiration.
He approached with outstretched arms, beaming a smile of welcome.
Definition of beam from the Collins English Dictionary
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