Beam vs. Rafter

Beam vs. Rafter — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Beam and Rafter

Beamnoun

A squared-off log or a large, oblong piece of timber, metal, or stone used especially as a horizontal support in construction.

Rafternoun

One who travels by raft.

Beamnoun

A transverse structural member of a ship's frame, used to support a deck and to brace the sides against stress.

Rafternoun

One of the sloping beams that supports a pitched roof.

Beamnoun

The breadth of a ship at the widest point.

Rafternoun

A group or flock, especially of wild turkeys.

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Beamnoun

The side of a ship

sighted land off the starboard beam.

Rafternoun

One of a series of sloped beams that extend from the ridge or hip to the downslope perimeter or eave, designed to support the roof deck and its associated loads.

Beamnoun

(Informal) The widest part of a person's hips

broad in the beam.

Rafternoun

flock of turkeys

Beamnoun

A steel tube or wooden roller on which the warp is wound in a loom.

Rafternoun

A raftsman.

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Beamnoun

An oscillating lever connected to an engine piston rod and used to transmit power to the crankshaft.

Rafterverb

(transitive) To make (timber, etc.) into rafters.

Beamnoun

The bar of a balance from which weighing pans are suspended.

Rafterverb

(transitive) To furnish (a building) with rafters.

Beamnoun

(Sports) A balance beam.

Rafterverb

To plough so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unploughed ridge; to ridge.

Beamnoun

The main horizontal bar on a plow to which the share, coulter, and handles are attached.

Rafternoun

one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

Beamnoun

One of the main stems of a deer's antlers.

Rafternoun

someone who travels by raft

Beamnoun

A ray or shaft of light.

Rafterverb

provide (a ceiling) with rafters

Beamnoun

A concentrated stream of particles or a similar propagation of waves

a beam of protons.a beam of light.

Beamnoun

A radio beam.

Beamverb

To radiate light; shine.

Beamverb

To smile expansively.

Beamverb

To emit or transmit

beam a message via satellite.

Beamverb

To express by means of a radiant smile

He beamed his approval of the new idea.

Beamnoun

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

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.

Beamnoun

(nautical) The maximum width of a vessel.

This ship has more beam than that one.

Beamnoun

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

Beamnoun

The principal stem of the antler of a deer.

Beamnoun

(literary) The pole of a carriage or chariot.

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.

Beamnoun

The straight part or shank of an anchor.

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.

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.

Beamnoun

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

a beam of lighta beam of energy

Beamnoun

(figuratively) A ray; a gleam.

a beam of hope, or of comfort

Beamnoun

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

Beamnoun

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

Beamnoun

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

Beamverb

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

to beam forth light

Beamverb

To smile broadly or especially cheerfully.

Beamverb

(transitive) To furnish or supply with beams

Beamverb

(transitive) To give the appearance of beams to.

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.

Beamverb

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

Beamverb

To put (something) on a beam

Beamverb

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

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 dayThe 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 joyHer face radiated with happiness