beam weapon


: a weapon that uses a beam of energy or radiation (such as a laser beam) to inflict damage
Despite this, inventors have envisioned giant superconducting storage rings that could provide huge amounts of power instantaneously for city power grids, or to power military beam weapons for use against ballistic missiles.Malcolm W. Browne

Examples of beam weapon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And while that film's titular megalomaniac was technically Chinese-German and not Russian, there's a timeliness to his nefarious scheme to foil an Ameri- can space launch with a terrifying high-tech radio-beam weapon. Chris Nashawaty,, 15 Sep. 2021 Translation: even with military funding the services wouldn’t see a particle beam weapon soon enough to make worthwhile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2019 According to DefenseOne, the Pentagon wants to test a neutral particle beam weapon from orbit in 2023. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 18 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beam weapon was in 1977

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“Beam weapon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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