Beam - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |biːm|  American pronunciation of the word beam
Brit.  |biːm|  British pronunciation of the word beam


- a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather
- long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
- a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation (syn: ray)
- a column of light (as from a beacon) (syn: irradiation, ray, shaft)
- (nautical) breadth amidships
- the broad side of a ship
- a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts


- smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression
- emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light(syn: shine)
- express with a beaming face or smile
- broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television (syn: air, broadcast, send, transmit)
- have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink (syn: glow, radiate, shine)
- experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion(syn: glow, radiate, shine)


We saw the beams from their flashlights.

the building's steel support beams

She beamed as she told us the good news.

They stood beaming with satisfaction.

“We're getting married!” he beamed.

The sun beamed its light through the window.

Pictures of the distant planet were beamed back to the Earth.

The morning sun beamed down on us.

He beamed at the journalists.

The radio station agreed to beam the Minister's speech to the whole of Europe.

the beam of a powerful flashlight

Sherman looked at his sons and beamed proudly.

He beamed with pleasure.

McLeish beamed at her.

The sun beamed through the clouds.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: beam
he/she/it: beams
present participle: beaming
past tense: beamed
past participle: beamed
singular: beam
plural: beams
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