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Dictionary definition for: Beam

1. (n) a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides pilots in darkness or bad weather

2. (v) smile radiantly; express joy through one''s facial expression

3. (n) long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction

4. (v) emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light; "The sun shone bright that day" "The fire beamed on their faces"

5. (n) a column of light (as from a beacon)

6. (v) express with a beaming face or smile; "he beamed his approval"

7. (n) a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation

8. (v) broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; "We cannot air this X-rated song"

9. (n) (nautical) breadth amidships

10. (v) especially of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink; "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"

11. (n) a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts

12. (v) experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion; "She was beaming with joy" "Her face radiated with happiness"

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