… the 90-minute show was beamed to more than 200 countries and territories around the world.—TV Guide
: to transmit (data) electronically
beaming images of the planet back to Earth
The amount of data beamed over fiber-optic networks is rising exponentially every year, yet only 0.1% of fiber capacity is in use.—Leslie Cauley
especially: to transmit (data) wirelessly
Infrared connectivity enables users to work collaboratively on documents without having to log on to the network, and for quickly "beaming" data between different devices (for example, between two notebooks, or between a notebook and a printer, without a need for a cable). —Newsweek
a bright beam of light
We saw the beams from their flashlights.
the building's steel support beamsVerb
She beamed as she told us the good news.
They stood beaming with satisfaction.
“We're getting married!” he beamed.
The sun beamed its light through the window.
Pictures of the distant planet were beamed back to the Earth. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The architect employed mass timber construction technology, a low-carbon alternative to steel and concrete, and the flooring was milled using the recycled hardwood from the building’s original structural beams.—Mark David, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 Light from all galaxies and stars takes time to travel, and these beams of light carry information from the distant past.—Adi Foord, University Of Maryland, Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2023 One section focuses on annotations and inscriptions artists wrote on the backs of pieces, while another shows painting stretchers, including the original cross beams of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, according to the Observer.—Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 Think high ceilings, exposed wood beams, Zellige brick living room floors, and a unique natural stone bathroom vanity.—Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 4 Nov. 2023 Otherwise, their only natural light beams through the ship’s tiny portholes.—Jake Offenhartz, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Oct. 2023 The laser that proved most effective ended up having a 45 mm (about 1.8 inches) beam that could move over dust in a specific pattern that produced triangular shapes.—Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 27 Oct. 2023 Underneath the putting surface, Macaulay explains, three concentric circles of steel are held up by more than 500 beams and 49 steel supports bolted to the concrete floor.—WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 My first glimpse of Mongolia was of rolling hills draped in thin emerald grass, of cloud shadows the size of lakes and of raking beams of morning light breaking through a heavy sky.—Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023
The pair beamed with happiness while posing for the photo with crayons and a watercolor kit sprawled beside them.—Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 The 2014 trial attracted global attention as the details of Steenkamp’s death were beamed around the world.—Patrick Smith, NBC News, 24 Nov. 2023 Generally, these telescopes beam down data to ground stations or nearby satellites.—IEEE Spectrum, 21 Nov. 2023 Children beam with delight when Carey joins in a game or a group therapy session.—Rob Williams, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 Lounging on a couch before the interview starts, his demeanor is as chill as his beaming platinum grill looks.—Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2023 Starlink beams the internet to ground stations, allowing users in remote areas to connect to the web.—Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 Parker's grandmother stood at her side during her victory speech, beaming with pride as Parker spoke of her modest upbringing.—Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 8 Nov. 2023 McCarley wanted to beam in live coaching from a studio outfitted with cameras and displays to mimic being on a golf course.—WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English beem, from Old English bēam tree, beam; akin to Old High German boum tree
Middle English bemen, verbal derivative of bem, beembeam entry 1
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a