Abaft the beam (Naut.), in an arc of the horizon between a line that crosses the ship at right angles,
or in the direction of her beams, and that point of the compass toward which her stern is directed.
Beam center (Mach.), the fulcrum or pin on which the working beam of an engine vibrates. Beam
compass, an instrument consisting of a rod or beam, having sliding sockets that carry steel or pencil
points; used for drawing or describing large circles. Beam engine, a steam engine having a working
beam to transmit power, in distinction from one which has its piston rod attached directly to the crank of
the wheel shaft. Before the beam (Naut.), in an arc of the horizon included between a line that
crosses the ship at right angles and that point of the compass toward which the ship steers. On the
beam, in a line with the beams, or at right angles with the keel. On the weather beam, on the
side of a ship which faces the wind. To be on her beam ends, to incline, as a vessel, so much on
one side that her beams approach a vertical position.
(Beam), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beamed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Beaming.] To send forth; to emit;
followed ordinarily by forth; as, to beam forth light.
(Beam), v. i. To emit beams of light.
He beamed, the daystar of the rising age.
(Beam"bird`) n. (Zoöl.) A small European flycatcher so called because it often nests on a
beam in a building.
(Beamed) a. Furnished with beams, as the head of a stag.
Tost his beamed frontlet to the sky.
Sir W. Scott.
(Beam"ful) a. Beamy; radiant.
(Beam"i*ly) adv. In a beaming manner.
(Beam"i*ness), n. The state of being beamy.
(Beam"ing), a. Emitting beams; radiant.
(Beam"ing*ly), adv. In a beaming manner; radiantly.
1. Not having a beam.
2. Not emitting light.
(Beam"let) n. A small beam of light.
(Beam" tree`) [AS. beám a tree. See Beam.] (Bot.) A tree (Pyrus aria) related to the apple.
1. Emitting beams of light; radiant; shining. "Beamy gold." Tickell.
2. Resembling a beam in size and weight; massy.
His double-biting ax, and beamy spear.
3. Having horns, or antlers.
Beamy stags in toils engage.
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