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 for beam
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beam \Beam\ (b[=e]m), n. [AS. be['a]m beam, post, tree, ray of
     light; akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b[=o]m, D. boom, OHG.
     boum, poum, G. baum, Icel. ba[eth]mr, Goth. bagms and Gr.
     fy^ma a growth, fy^nai to become, to be. Cf. L. radius staff,
     rod, spoke of a wheel, beam or ray, and G. strahl arrow,
     spoke of a wheel, ray or beam, flash of lightning. [root]97.
     See Be; cf. Boom a spar.]
     1. Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to
        its thickness, and prepared for use.
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     2. One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or
        ship.
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              The beams of a vessel are strong pieces of timber
              stretching across from side to side to support the
              decks.                                --Totten.
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     3. The width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more
        beam than another.
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     4. The bar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales
        are suspended.
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              The doubtful beam long nods from side to side.
                                                    --Pope.
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     5. The principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which
        bears the antlers, or branches.
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     6. The pole of a carriage. [Poetic] --Dryden.
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     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.
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     8. The straight part or shank of an anchor.
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     9. The main part 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.
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     10. (Steam Engine) 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.
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     11. A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun
         or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat.
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               How far that little candle throws his beams!
                                                    --Shak.
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     12. (Fig.): A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort.
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               Mercy with her genial beam.          --Keble.
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     13. One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; -- called
         also beam feather.
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     Abaft the beam (Naut.), in an arc of the horizon between a
        line that crosses the ship at right angles, or in the
        direction of her beams, and that point of the compass
        toward which her stern is directed.
  
     Beam center (Mach.), the fulcrum or pin on which the
        working beam of an engine vibrates.
  
     Beam compass, an instrument consisting of a rod or beam,
        having sliding sockets that carry steel or pencil points;
        -- used for drawing or describing large circles.
  
     Beam engine, a steam engine having a working beam to
        transmit power, in distinction from one which has its
        piston rod attached directly to the crank of the wheel
        shaft.
  
     Before the beam (Naut.), in an arc of the horizon included
        between a line that crosses the ship at right angles and
        that point of the compass toward which the ship steers.
  
     On the beam, in a line with the beams, or at right angles
        with the keel.
  
     On the weather beam, on the side of a ship which faces the
        wind.
  
     To be on her beam ends, to incline, as a vessel, so much on
        one side that her beams approach a vertical position.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beam \Beam\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beamed (b[=e]md); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Beaming.]
     To send forth; to emit; -- followed ordinarily by forth; as,
     to beam forth light.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beam \Beam\, v. i.
     To emit beams of light.
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           He beamed, the daystar of the rising age. --Trumbull.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  beam
      n 1: a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane
           pilots in darkness or bad weather [syn: radio beam,
           beam]
      2: long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in
         construction
      3: a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
         [syn: beam, ray, electron beam]
      4: a column of light (as from a beacon) [syn: beam, beam of
         light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft
         of light, irradiation]
      5: (nautical) breadth amidships
      6: the broad side of a ship; "they sighted land on the port
         beam"
      7: a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts [syn: balance
         beam, beam]
      v 1: smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial
           expression
      2: emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light; "The sun
         shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces"
         [syn: shine, beam]
      3: express with a beaming face or smile; "he beamed his
         approval"
      4: broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; "We
         cannot air this X-rated song" [syn: air, send,
         broadcast, beam, transmit]
      5: have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or
         pink; "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna" [syn:
         glow, beam, radiate, shine]
      6: 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" [syn: glow, beam,
         radiate, shine]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  350 Moby Thesaurus words for "beam":
     AM signal, CRT spot, DM display, Doppler signal, FM signal, H beam,
     I beam, IF signal, IF video signal, IM display, RF amplifier,
     RF echoes, RF signal, RF stage, TV band, X ray, abutment,
     actinic ray, actinism, amplitude, angle rafter, arc-boutant,
     atomic beam, atomic ray, audio signal, backside, balk, bank, bar,
     batten, be bright, be in heaven, be pleased, beacon, beam,
     beam of light, beat signal, bedazzle, beggar description, behind,
     billet, blaze, blind, blips, bloom, board, boarding, boom, border,
     bottom, bounce, bounces, box girder, brace, breadth, breakwater,
     breastsummer, bright smile, broad grin, broadcast, broadness,
     broadside, bulwark, burn, buttress, buttress pier, buttressing,
     can, cant hook, caper, caracole, cheek, chirp, chirrup, chop,
     clapboard, claw bar, coast, corbel, cord, cordwood, crack a smile,
     crank, crossbeam, crosstie, crow, crowbar, dance, daze, dazzle,
     deal, delight, derriere, die with delight, diffuse light,
     direct signal, display, distance across, double-dot display,
     driftwood, ear-to-ear grin, echo, echo signal, embankment,
     equalizing pulse, expanse, extent, fan marker, fanny, feel happy,
     firewood, flame, flank, flare, flare path, flash, flying buttress,
     footing beam, frolic, fulgurate, fullness, gambol, gamma ray,
     girder, give light, glance, glare, gleam, gleaming smile, glint,
     glow, glowing smile, go into raptures, grin, grinning, groin,
     hammer beam, hand, handedness, handspike, hanging buttress,
     hardwood, haunch, hip, hip rafter, idiotic grin, incandesce,
     infrared ray, invisible radiation, iron crow, jam, jetty, jimmy,
     joist, jowl, joy, jutty, knock dead, laterality, lath, lathing,
     lathwork, latitude, lattice girder, laugh, leam, lever, lilt, limb,
     lintel, local oscillator signal, log, lumber, luster,
     many-sidedness, marker, marlinespike, mole, multilaterality,
     newscast, output pulse, output signal, outrigger, panelboard,
     paneling, panelwork, patch, peavey, pedal, pencil, photoemission,
     photon, picture, picture carrier, pier, pier buttress, pinch bar,
     pips, plank, planking, plate girder, plyboard, plywood, pole, post,
     posterior, prize, profile, pry, puncheon, purr, pylon, quarter,
     racon, radar beacon, radar signal, radiate, radiate cheer,
     radiation, radio, radio beacon, radio-frequency amplifier,
     radio-frequency signal, radio-frequency stage, radiobroadcast,
     radiorays, rafter, rampart, ray, ray of light, reading, rear,
     reflected signal, reflection, retaining wall, return, return beam,
     return signal, ribbon, ribbon of light, ridge strut, ridgepole,
     ripping bar, romp, sardonic grin, scanning beam, seat, seawall,
     send, send out rays, shaft, shake, sheathing, sheathing board,
     sheeting, shine, shine brightly, shingle, shoot, shoot out rays,
     shore, shortwave, shortwave signal, shoulder, side, sideboard,
     siding, sign off, sign on, signal, signal display, sill, simper,
     sing, skip, slab, slat, sleeper, smile, smile brightly, smiling,
     smirk, softwood, solar rays, sound carrier, span, spar, sparkle,
     splat, sportscast, spot, spread, sprit, stave, stick,
     stick of wood, stovewood, streak, stream, stream of light,
     streamer, stringpiece, strut, stud, studding, stupid grin, summer,
     summertree, synchronizing signal, take great satisfaction,
     target image, television channel, temple, three-by-four, tie,
     tie beam, timber, timbering, timberwork, toothful grin, trace,
     transmit, transmitter signal, transom, transverse, trave, traverse,
     tread on air, treadle, trestle, truss, truss beam, two-by-four,
     ultraviolet ray, unidirectional signal, unilaterality,
     vertical synchronizing pulse, video signal, violet ray,
     voltage pulse, weatherboard, whistle, wideness, width, wind cone,
     wind indicator, wind sock, wireless, wood, wrecking bar
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  beam
   vt.
  
      [from Star Trek Classic's ?Beam me up, Scotty!?]
  
      1. To transfer softcopy of a file electronically; most often in combining
      forms such as beam me a copy or beam that over to his site.
  
      2. Palm Pilot users very commonly use this term for the act of exchanging
      bits via the infrared links on their machines (this term seems to have
      originated with the ill-fated Newton Message Pad). Compare blast, snarf
      , BLT.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  beam
  
      (From Star Trek Classic's "Beam me up, Scotty!") To
     transfer softcopy of a file electronically; most often in
     combining forms such as "beam me a copy" or "beam that over to
     his site".  Compare blast, snarf, BLT.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2009-06-09)
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Beam
     occurs in the Authorized Version as the rendering of various
     Hebrew words. In 1 Sam. 17:7, it means a weaver's frame or
     principal beam; in Hab. 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; Ezek.
     41:25, a thick plank. In the New Testament the word occurs only
     in Matt. 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.
     

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