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beam

beam

 
 
pronunciation:
bim
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a long, heavy timber or piece of metal or stone used as a major support in a building.
similar words:
balk, brace, buttress, timber
definition 2: a ray of light, or a group of such rays.
 
similar words:
light
definition 3: an electronic communications signal.
definition 4: the widest part of a ship.
definition 5: the bar of a weighing device, which holds weighing pans or scales at either end.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: beamed, beaming, beams
definition: to transmit or send (an electronic signal).
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to send out rays.
similar words:
gleam, radiate, shine, stream
definition 2: to smile openly or joyfully.
similar words:
radiate
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