a laser-beam or particle-beam weapon.
- Beam wind
a wind blowing against a vessel from a direction at right angles to its keel. Historical Examples When all was ship-shape, the Mary Thomas was lying gallantly over on her side to a beam wind and plunging ahead due south. Dutch Courage and Other Stories Jack London When they were come out of the cabin […]
- Beam-powered propulsion
noun a class of propulsion mechanism that beams energy beamed to a spacecraft or other machine from a remote power source Examples Beam-powered propulsion allows space machines and robots to be recharged from a distance. Word Origin 1964 Usage Note also beam-powered technology
- Beam-powered technology
noun See beam-powered propulsion
any of various relatively long pieces of metal, wood, stone, etc., manufactured or shaped especially for use as rigid members or parts of structures or machines. Building Trades. a horizontal bearing member, as a joist or lintel. Engineering. a rigid member or structure supported at each end, subject to bending stresses from a direction perpendicular […]