on its beam ends

on its beam ends
on her (or its) beam ends (of a ship) on its side.
Main Entry: beam

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  • on her (or its) beam ends — (of a ship) heeled over on its side. → beam …   English new terms dictionary

  • beam-ends — /ˈbim ɛndz/ (say beem endz) plural noun 1. Nautical the ends of a ship s beams. –phrase 2. on its beam ends, Nautical (of a ship) so far inclined on one side that the deck beams are practically vertical. 3. on one s beam ends, in acute distress… …  

  • on her beam-ends — phrasal : inclined so much on one side that beams approach a vertical position with danger of capsizing * * * on her beam ends Of a ship, so much inclined to one side that the beams become nearly vertical • • • Main Entry: ↑beam * * * on her (or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • on her beam ends — ► on her (or its) beam ends (of a ship) on its side. Main Entry: ↑beam …   English terms dictionary

  • To be on her beam ends — Beam Beam (b[=e]m), n. [AS. be[ a]m beam, post, tree, ray of light; akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b[=o]m, D. boom, OHG. boum, poum, G. baum, Icel. ba[eth]mr, Goth. bagms and Gr. fy^ma a growth, fy^nai to become, to be. Cf. L. radius staff, rod …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beam — ► NOUN 1) a long piece of timber or metal used as a support in building. 2) a narrow horizontal length of timber for balancing on in gymnastics. 3) a ray or shaft of light or particles. 4) a radiant smile. 5) a ship s breadth at its widest point …   English terms dictionary

  • beam — noun 1》 a long sturdy piece of squared timber or metal used horizontally in building to support a load above.     ↘a narrow horizontal length of squared timber used for balancing exercises in gymnastics. 2》 a horizontal beam supporting the deck… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Beam — (b[=e]m), n. [AS. be[ a]m beam, post, tree, ray of light; akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b[=o]m, D. boom, OHG. boum, poum, G. baum, Icel. ba[eth]mr, Goth. bagms and Gr. fy^ma a growth, fy^nai to become, to be. Cf. L. radius staff, rod, spoke of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beam center — Beam Beam (b[=e]m), n. [AS. be[ a]m beam, post, tree, ray of light; akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b[=o]m, D. boom, OHG. boum, poum, G. baum, Icel. ba[eth]mr, Goth. bagms and Gr. fy^ma a growth, fy^nai to become, to be. Cf. L. radius staff, rod …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beam compass — Beam Beam (b[=e]m), n. [AS. be[ a]m beam, post, tree, ray of light; akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b[=o]m, D. boom, OHG. boum, poum, G. baum, Icel. ba[eth]mr, Goth. bagms and Gr. fy^ma a growth, fy^nai to become, to be. Cf. L. radius staff, rod …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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