beam weapon


Definition of 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 Translation: even with military funding the services wouldn’t see a particle beam weapon soon enough to make worthwhile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Giving Up on Particle Beam Weapons," 8 Sep. 2019 According to DefenseOne, the Pentagon wants to test a neutral particle beam weapon from orbit in 2023. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Wants to Test a Space-Based 'Particle Beam' by 2023," 18 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of beam weapon

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Beam weapon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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