beam n

OE 'tree, plank'.

  1. Rafter; joist; timber; weight-bearing wooden support piece in a building; (see 1 Kings 6:9).
  2. Bar; rail; fence crosspiece; horizontal wooden shaft.
  3. Log; tree trunk; thick piece of timber; (see Matthew 7:4-5).
  4. Ray; beacon of light from the sun; [fig.] illumination; guidance.

beam v

OE; see beam, n.