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  1. Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use.
  2. 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.
  3. (nautical) The maximum width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another; also called breadth. (FM 55-501).
  4. The crossbar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended.
  5. The principal stem of the antler of a deer.
  6. The pole of a carriage.
  7. 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.
  8. The straight part or shank of an anchor.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat.
  12. (figurative) A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort.
  13. One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; -- called also beam feather.
  14. (music) A horizontal bar which connects the stems of two or more notes to group them and to indicate metric value.
  1. (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
  1. To smile broadly or especially cheerfully.
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  1. (present participle of, blanket)
blind spot Tweet Definition of blind spot Like Definition of blind spot on Facebook
  1. The place where the optic nerve attaches to the retina, and so where the retina cannot detect light.
  2. 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 .
  1. (context, figurative) An inability to recognize a fact or think clearly about a certain topic, especially because of a prejudice.
He loves her so much that he has a when it comes to her faults.
bloom Tweet Definition of bloom Like Definition of bloom on Facebook
  1. A blossom; the flower of a plant; an expanded bud.
  2. Flowers, collectively.
  3. (uncountable) The opening of flowers in general; the state of blossoming or of having the flowers open.
The cherry trees are in bloom.
  1. 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
  1. The delicate, powdery coating upon certain growing or newly-gathered fruits or leaves, as on grapes, plums, etc.
  2. Anything giving an appearance of attractive freshness.
  3. The clouded appearance which varnish sometimes takes upon the surface of a picture.
  4. A yellowish deposit or powdery coating which appears on well-tanned leather. (Knight.)
  5. (mineralogy) A popular term for a bright-hued variety of some minerals.
the rose-red cobalt bloom
  1. A white area of cocoa butter that forms on the surface of chocolate when warmed and cooled.
blooper Tweet Definition of blooper Like Definition of blooper on Facebook
  1. an error
  2. (baseball) (slang) an 1800s baseball term meaning a weakly hit fly ball which just goes over the infielders
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noun (boxes)
  1. Any of various evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus w:Buxus, Buxus.
    • 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
verb (box, es)
  1. To place inside a box.
  2. To place a primitive value into an object (such as an int into an Integer) -- see also autoboxing.
  3. To hem in.

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