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beam

beam

 
 
pronunciation:
bim
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a long, strong piece of wood or metal used to support floors, ceilings or roofs.
Skyscrapers are built with steel beams.
similar words:
brace, buttress, timber
definition 2: a narrow ray of light.
A beam of sunlight shone through the clouds.
 
similar words:
light
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: beamed, beaming, beams
definition 1: to send out or transmit.
The radio station beams its signal to a large area.
definition 2: to shine brightly.
The hot sun beamed down on the farmer.
similar words:
gleam, radiate, shine, stream
definition 3: to smile widely or happily.
Maria beamed when she won the prize.
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