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Lever vs. Beam

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Levernoun

A crowbar.

Beamnoun

Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use.

Levernoun

(mechanics) A rigid piece which is capable of turning about one point, or axis (the fulcrum), and in which are two or more other points where forces are applied; — used for transmitting and modifying force and motion.

Beamnoun

One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building; one of the transverse members of a ship's frame on which the decks are laid — supported at the sides by knees in wooden ships and by stringers in steel ones.

Levernoun

Specifically, a bar of metal, wood or other rigid substance, used to exert a pressure, or sustain a weight, at one point of its length, by receiving a force or power at a second, and turning at a third on a fixed point called a fulcrum. It is usually named as the first of the six mechanical powers, and is of three kinds, according as either the fulcrum F, the weight W, or the power P, respectively, is situated between the other two, as in the figures.

Beamnoun

(nautical) The maximum width of a vessel.

‘This ship has more beam than that one.’;

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Levernoun

A small such piece to trigger or control a mechanical device (like a button).

Beamnoun

The crossbar of a mechanical balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended.

Levernoun

(mechanics) A bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece to turn it.

Beamnoun

The principal stem of the antler of a deer.

Levernoun

(mechanics) An arm on a rock shaft, to give motion to the shaft or to obtain motion from it.

Beamnoun

(literary) The pole of a carriage or chariot.

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Levernoun

(rare) A levee.

Beamnoun

(textiles) A cylinder of wood, making part of a loom, on which weavers wind the warp before weaving and the cylinder on which the cloth is rolled, as it is woven.

Leververb

(transitive) To move with a lever.

‘With great effort and a big crowbar I managed to lever the beam off the floor.’;

Beamnoun

The straight part or shank of an anchor.

Leververb

To use, operate or move (something) like a lever (physically).

Beamnoun

The central bar of a plow, to which the handles and colter are secured, and to the end of which are attached the oxen or horses that draw it.

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Leververb

To use (something) like a lever (in an abstract sense).

Beamnoun

In steam engines, a heavy iron lever having an oscillating motion on a central axis, one end of which is connected with the piston rod from which it receives motion, and the other with the crank of the wheel shaft.

Leververb

To increase the share of debt in the capitalization of a business.

Beamnoun

A ray or collection of approximately parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body.

‘a beam of light’; ‘a beam of energy’;

Leveradverb

(obsolete) Rather.

Beamnoun

(figuratively) A ray; a gleam.

‘a beam of hope, or of comfort’;

Leveradjective

More agreeable; more pleasing.

Beamnoun

One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk.

Leveradverb

Rather.

‘For lever had I die than see his deadly face.’;

Beamnoun

(music) A horizontal bar which connects the stems of two or more notes to group them and to indicate metric value.

Levernoun

A rigid piece which is capable of turning about one point, or axis (the fulcrum), and in which are two or more other points where forces are applied; - used for transmitting and modifying force and motion. Specif., a bar of metal, wood, or other rigid substance, used to exert a pressure, or sustain a weight, at one point of its length, by receiving a force or power at a second, and turning at a third on a fixed point called a fulcrum. It is usually named as the first of the six mechanical powers, and is of three kinds, according as either the fulcrum F, the weight W, or the power P, respectively, is situated between the other two, as in the figures.

Beamnoun

(railway) An elevated rectangular dirt pile used to cheaply build an elevated portion of a railway.

Levernoun

A bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece to turn it.

Beamverb

(ambitransitive) To emit beams of light; shine; radiate.

‘to beam forth light’;

Levernoun

a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum

Beamverb

To smile broadly or especially cheerfully.

Levernoun

a simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum

Beamverb

(transitive) To furnish or supply with beams

Levernoun

a flat metal tumbler in a lever lock

Beamverb

(transitive) To give the appearance of beams to.

Leververb

to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open;

‘The burglar jimmied the lock’; ‘Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail’;

Beamverb

To transmit matter or information via a high-tech wireless mechanism.

‘Beam me up, Scotty; there's no intelligent life down here.’; ‘The injured crewmembers were immediately beamed to sickbay.’;

Levernoun

a rigid bar resting on a pivot, used to move a heavy or firmly fixed load with one end when pressure is applied to the other

‘a tyre lever’;

Beamverb

To stretch something (for example an animal hide) on a beam.

Levernoun

a projecting arm or handle that is moved to operate a mechanism

‘a control lever’;

Beamverb

To put (something) on a beam

Levernoun

a means of pressurizing someone into doing something

‘rich countries use foreign aid as a lever to promote political pluralism’;

Beamverb

To connect (musical notes) with a beam, or thick line, in music notation.

Leververb

lift or move with a lever

‘she levered the lid off the pot with a screwdriver’;

Beamnoun

Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use.

Leververb

move (someone or something) with a concerted physical effort

‘she levered herself up against the pillows’;

Beamnoun

One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or ship.

‘The beams of a vessel are strong pieces of timber stretching across from side to side to support the decks.’;

Leververb

use a lever

‘the men levered at the coffin with crowbars’;

Beamnoun

The width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another.

Leververb

pressurize (someone) to do something

‘another sticking point is the money that will be required to lever the unions into accepting a deal’;

Beamnoun

The bar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended.

‘The doubtful beam long nods from side to side.’;

Lever

A lever ( or US: ) is a simple machine consisting of a beam or rigid rod pivoted at a fixed hinge, or fulcrum. A lever is a rigid body capable of rotating on a point on itself.

Beamnoun

The principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which bears the antlers, or branches.

Beamnoun

The pole of a carriage.

Beamnoun

A cylinder of wood, making part of a loom, on which weavers wind the warp before weaving; also, the cylinder on which the cloth is rolled, as it is woven; one being called the fore beam, the other the back beam.

Beamnoun

The straight part or shank of an anchor.

Beamnoun

The main part of a plow, to which the handles and colter are secured, and to the end of which are attached the oxen or horses that draw it.

Beamnoun

A heavy iron lever having an oscillating motion on a central axis, one end of which is connected with the piston rod from which it receives motion, and the other with the crank of the wheel shaft; - called also working beam or walking beam.

Beamnoun

A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat.

‘How far that little candle throws his beams!’;

Beamnoun

A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort.

‘Mercy with her genial beam.’;

Beamnoun

One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; - called also beam feather.

Beamverb

To send forth; to emit; - followed ordinarily by forth; as, to beam forth light.

Beamverb

To emit beams of light.

‘He beamed, the daystar of the rising age.’;

Beamnoun

a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides pilots in darkness or bad weather

Beamnoun

long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction

Beamnoun

a column of light (as from a beacon)

Beamnoun

a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation

Beamnoun

(nautical) breadth amidships

Beamnoun

a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts

Beamverb

smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression

Beamverb

emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light;

‘The sun shone bright that day’; ‘The fire beamed on their faces’;

Beamverb

express with a beaming face or smile;

‘he beamed his approval’;

Beamverb

broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television;

‘We cannot air this X-rated song’;

Beamverb

especially of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink;

‘Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna’;

Beamverb

experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion;

‘She was beaming with joy’; ‘Her face radiated with happiness’;

Beamnoun

a long, sturdy piece of squared timber or metal used to support the roof or floor of a building

‘there are very fine oak beams in the oldest part of the house’; ‘the cottage boasts a wealth of exposed beams’;

Beamnoun

a narrow, raised horizontal piece of squared timber on which a gymnast balances while performing exercises

‘a compulsory set of exercises on floor, vault, bars, and beam’;

Beamnoun

a horizontal piece of squared timber or metal supporting the deck and joining the sides of a ship

‘the watertight skin and deck were put on over this framework of ribs and beams’;

Beamnoun

the direction of an object visible from the port or starboard side of a ship when it is perpendicular to the centre line of the vessel

‘there was land in sight on the port beam’;

Beamnoun

a ship's breadth at its widest point

‘a cutter with a beam of 16 feet’;

Beamnoun

the width of a person's hips

‘notice how broad in the beam she's getting?’;

Beamnoun

the main stem of a stag's antler

‘the wide beams sprouted ten main tines’;

Beamnoun

the crossbar of a balance.

Beamnoun

an oscillating shaft which transmits the vertical piston movement of a beam engine to the crank or pump.

Beamnoun

the shank of an anchor.

Beamnoun

the main timber of a horse-drawn plough.

Beamnoun

a ray or shaft of light

‘a beam of light flashed in front of her’; ‘the torch beam dimmed perceptibly’;

Beamnoun

a directional flow of particles or radiation

‘beams of electrons’;

Beamnoun

a series of radio or radar signals emitted as a navigational guide for ships or aircraft

‘the detector simply pinpoints the radar beams that other ships transmit’;

Beamnoun

a radiant or good-natured look or smile

‘a beam of satisfaction’;

Beamverb

transmit (a radio signal or broadcast) in a specified direction

‘the satellite beamed back radio signals to scientists on Earth’;

Beamverb

(in science fiction) transport someone instantaneously to or from a spaceship

‘mission controller, beam me up!’;

Beamverb

(of a light or light source) shine brightly

‘the sun's rays beamed down’;

Beamverb

smile radiantly

‘she beamed with pleasure’;

Beamverb

express (an emotion) with a radiant smile

‘the instructress beamed her approval’;

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