1 ray of light
ADJ. bright, intense, piercing, powerful | narrow, thin | electron, laser, searchlight, torch
VERB + BEAM direct, point, send, shine | play He played the beam of his torch over the wall of the cave. | catch sb/sth in He was suddenly caught in the full beam of a searchlight.
BEAM + VERB shine | illuminate sth, light sth up
PREP. ~ from the beam from the lighthouse | ~ of A beam of sunlight shone in through the window.
PHRASES on full beam car headlights on full beam
2 long piece of wood/metal
ADJ. timber, wooden | oak | iron, metal, steel | old, original a cottage with original beams and a thatched roof | exposed a cosy pub with exposed oak beams | horizontal, vertical
BEAM + VERB support sth
ADV. broadly He beamed broadly at them, clearly very pleased to see them. | positively She positively beamed with satisfaction. | cheerfully, happily, proudly
PREP. at She beamed happily at Maxim. | with His face beamed with pleasure.