beam

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
beam

Plural
beams

  1. (countable) A beam is a line of light or energy.
    A beam of sunlight came through the window making a rectangle on the floor.
  2. (countable) A beam is a long straight piece of wood or metal used in building to support weight.
    Inside, the ceiling of the tunnel was held up with beams and was high enough that we could stand.

Verb[change]

Plain form
beam

Third-person singular
beams

Past tense
beamed

Past participle
beamed

Present participle
beaming

  1. (transitive) If you beam a signal from one place to another, you send it through the air.
  2. (intransitive) If you beam, you smile and look very happy.