: the ends of a ship's beams
on her beam-ends
: inclined so much on one side that the beams approach a vertical position

Word History

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beam-ends was in 1750

Dictionary Entries Near beam-ends

Cite this Entry

“Beam-ends.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beam-ends. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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