- Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use.
- One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building; one of the transverse members of a ship's frame on which the decks are laid - supported at the sides by knees in wooden ships and by stringers in steel ones.
(nautical) The maximum width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another; also called breadth. (FM 55-501).
- The crossbar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended.
- The principal stem of the antler of a deer.
- The pole of a carriage.
- A cylinder of wood, making part of a loom, on which weavers wind the warp before weaving; also, the cylinder on which the cloth is rolled, as it is woven; one being called the fore beam, the other the back beam.
- The straight part or shank of an anchor.
- The central bar of a plow, to which the handles and colter are secured, and to the end of which are attached the oxen or horses that draw it.
- A heavy iron lever having an oscillating motion on a central axis, one end of which is connected with the piston rod from which it receives motion, and the other with the crank of the wheel shaft; -- called also working beam or walking beam.
- A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat.
(figurative) A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort.
- One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; -- called also beam feather.
(music) A horizontal bar which connects the stems of two or more notes to group them and to indicate metric value.
(context, science fiction) To transmit matter or information via a high-tech wireless mechanism.
Beam me up, Scotty; there's no intelligent life down here. Star Trek
- To smile broadly or especially cheerfully.
(present participle of, blanket)
- The place where the optic nerve attaches to the retina, and so where the retina cannot detect light.
- In driving, the part of the road that cannot be seen in the rear-view mirror.
When he changed lanes, he sideswiped a car that was in his .
He loves her so much that he has a when it comes to her faults.
(context, figurative) An inability to recognize a fact or think clearly about a certain topic, especially because of a prejudice.
- A blossom; the flower of a plant; an expanded bud.
- Flowers, collectively.
(uncountable) The opening of flowers in general; the state of blossoming or of having the flowers open.
The cherry trees are in bloom.
- A state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor/vigour; an opening to higher perfection, analogous to that of buds into blossoms.
the bloom of youth
- The delicate, powdery coating upon certain growing or newly-gathered fruits or leaves, as on grapes, plums, etc.
- Anything giving an appearance of attractive freshness.
- The clouded appearance which varnish sometimes takes upon the surface of a picture.
- A yellowish deposit or powdery coating which appears on well-tanned leather. (Knight.)
(mineralogy) A popular term for a bright-hued variety of some minerals.
the rose-red cobalt bloom
- A white area of cocoa butter that forms on the surface of chocolate when warmed and cooled.
- an error
(baseball) (slang) an 1800s baseball term meaning a weakly hit fly ball which just goes over the infielders
Any of various evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus w:Buxus, Buxus.
verb (box, es)
- 1885: the application of woods other than for purposes for which that wood is now used would tend to lessen the demand for — Scientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885
- To place inside a box.
- To place a primitive value into an object (such as an int into an Integer) -- see also autoboxing.
- To hem in.