- Included in Eastons: Yes
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: Yes
- Included in Smiths: No
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: Yes
- H3714 Used 1 time
- H4500 Used 4 times
- H5646 Used 1 time
- H6982 Used 2 times
- H708 Used 1 time
- G1385 Used 6 times
Occurs in the Authorized Version as the rendering of various Hebrew words. In 1 Samuel 17:7, it means a weaver's frame or principal beam; in Habakkuk 2:11, a crossbeam or girder; 2 Kings 6:2, 5, a cross-piece or rafter of a house; 1 Kings 7:6, an architectural ornament as a projecting step or moulding; Ezekiel 41:25, a thick plank. In the New Testament the word occurs only in Matthew 7:3, 4, 5, and Luke 6:41, 42, where it means (Gr. dokos) a large piece of wood used for building purposes, as contrasted with "mote" (Gr. karphos), a small piece or mere splinter. "Mote" and "beam" became proverbial for little and great faults.
BEAM, noun [We see by the Gothic, that the word belongs to Class Bg. It properly signifies the stock or stem of a tree; that is, the fixed, firm part.]
1. The largest, or a principal piece in a building, that lies across the walls, and serves to support the principal rafters.
2. Any large piece of timber, long in proportion to its thickness, and squared, or hewed for use.
3. The part of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended; sometimes used for the whole apparatus for weighing.
4. The part on the head of a stag, which bears the antlers, royals and tops.
5. The pole of a carriage, which runs between the horses.
6. A cylinder of wood, making part of a loom, on which weavers wind the warp before weaving; and this name is given also to the cylinder on which the cloth is rolled, as it is wove.
7. The straight part or shank of an anchor.
8. In ships, a great main cross timber, which holds the sides of a ship from falling together. The beams support the decks and orlops. The main beam is next the mainmast.
9. The main piece of a plow, in which the plow-tails are fixed, and by which it is drawn.
10. beam compass, an instrument consisting of a square wooden or brass beam having sliding sockets, that carry steel or pencil points; used for describing large circles, and in large projections for drawing the furniture on wall-dials.
On the beam in navigation, signified any distance from the ship, on a line with the beams, or at right angles with the keel.
Before the beam is an arch of the horizon between a line that crosses the ship at right angles, or the line of the beam and that point of the compass which she steers.
BEAM ends. A vessel is said to be on her beam ends, when she inclines so much on one side that her beams approach a vertical position.
BEAM-feathers, in falconry, the long feathers of a hawk's wing.
BE'AM-BIRD, noun In Yorkshire, England, the petty chaps, a species of Motacilla; called in Dorsetshire, the hay-bird.
The spotted fly-catcher, a species of Muscicapa.
BE'AMING, participle present tense Emitting rays of light or beams.
BE'AMING, noun Radiation; the emission or darting of light in rays.
1. The issuing of intellectual light; dawn; prophetic intimation; first indication.
BE'AMLESS, adjective Emitting no rays of light.
BE'AM-TREE, noun A species of wild service.
The Crataegus Aria.
BEAM,noun A ray of light, emitted from the sun, or other luminous body.
BEAM, verb transitive To send forth; to emit.
BEAM, verb intransitive To emit rays of light, or beams; to shine.
He beam'd, the day star of the rising age.
BE'AMY, adjective Emitting rays of light; radiant; shining.
1. Resembling a beam in size and weight; massy.
2. Having horns, or antlers.