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1‘there are very fine oak beams in the oldest part of the house’
joist, purlin, girder, spar, support, strut, stay, brace, scantling, batten, transom, lintel, stringer, baulk, board, timber, plank, lath, rafter
collar beam, tie beam, hammer beam, cantilever
2‘a beam of light’
ray, shaft, stream, streak, pencil, finger
flash, gleam, glow, glimmer, glint, flare, bar
3‘seeing the beam on her face was enough to cheer me up’
grin, smile, bright look
1‘satellites for beaming TV to rooftop aerials’
broadcast, transmit, relay, put out, send out, disseminate
televise, show, telecast, put on the air, put on the airwaves
2‘golden rays beamed down through the clouds’
shine, radiate, glare, glitter, gleam, shimmer, glimmer, twinkle, flash, flare, streak
3‘she was beaming from ear to ear’
grin, smile, dimple, grin like a Cheshire Cat, twinkle, smirk, laugh
informal be all smiles
‘you're way off beam on this one’
mistaken, incorrect, inaccurate, wrong, erroneous, off-target, out, on the wrong track, wide of the mark, awry
spot on, on the beam
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