- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)II(Roget's IV) n.1. [A relatively long, stout bar]Syn. timber, brace, rafter, stringer, stud, two-by-four, scantling, strut, bolster, axle, reach, girder, sleeper, stay, crosspiece, prop, support, trestle, spar, transverse, pole, lath, furring strip, pile, balk, crossbar, T-beam, I-beam, steel beam, boom, post, kingpost, column, pillar, piling, stanchion, flitches, hammer beam, bail, joist, lintel, sill, jamb, cantilever, shaft, scaffolding, board, plank.2. [A ray or Rays]Syn. ray, emission, shaft, bar, sparkle, twinkle, flicker, streak, laser, pencil, glitter, glare, stream of light, shimmer, glint, glow, chink, gleam, glimmer, finger, beacon.3. [Radio waves intended as a guide]Syn. direction finder, unidirectional radio signal, radar; see beacon .• off the beam*,• on the beam*,1. [To emit]2. [To shine]3. [To smile]Syn. grin, laugh, smile radiantly, glow; see smile .III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)In.1. support girder, brace, rafter, boom, crosspiece, joist, stud, board, two-by-four.2. light ray, shaft, stream, swath, streak.IIv.1. transmit emit, flash, broadcast.2. radiate glow, shine, glisten.3. smile broadly grin, take on a cheerful glow, radiate. see smileIV(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. A large, oblong piece of wood or other material, used especially for construction: balk, rafter, timber. See MATTER. 2. A series of particles or waves traveling close together in parallel paths: ray, shaft. See LIGHT. II verb 1. To emit a bright light: blaze1, burn, gleam, glow, incandesce, radiate, shine. See LIGHT. 2. To curve the lips upward in expressing amusement, pleasure, or happiness: grin, smile. Idioms: break into a smile, crack a smile. See EXPRESS.
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