• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Spring-beam a beam of considerable span, without central support, the tie-beam of a truss; in a steamer, a fore-and-aft beam for connecting the two paddle-beams: an elastic bar at the top of a tilt-hammer, jig-saw, &c
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. springan; Ger. springen.


In literature:

As the vessel went down, several beams and planks came springing endwise up the hatchway, like liberated men.
"Oldport Days" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
A beam of Spring's morning sunlight illuminated the toast-rack.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
And in that bright spring, see horrible and useless age still hobbling out into the beam!
"The Romance of Zion Chapel [3d ed.]" by Richard Le Gallienne
Long since, early as they were, the sun had dried the dew, for his beams warm the atmosphere quickly as the spring advances towards summer.
"After London" by Richard Jefferies
The tiny, fiery beams seemed to spring from the dark, ugly, menacing cloud, or whatever it might be.
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
Doe beamed with pleasure that I had not spoken harshly of his off-spring.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
And not on Ishmael alone beamed the blessed influence of the spring weather.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The spring acts as an aerial and picks up more of the beam than my hand.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Corbel: A bracket-like support projecting from a wall from which an arch springs or on which a beam rests.
"The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell
Day came; and he rolled wearily over to catch the first beams of the gladsome spring sunshine.
"Golden Stories" by Various

In poetry:

Brightly beam'd the eye of Morning,
Gaily smil'd the face of Spring ;
Balmy sweets the sense delighted
Borne on Zephyr's trembling wing.
"The Last Adieu" by Laura Sophia Temple
Thou know'st the storm in all its might,
The spring and summer thrills;
And thou hast known the staid delight
That beams along the hills.
"The Churchyard Tree" by Alexander Anderson
Sweet buds of the woodland, I cried,
Sweet offspring of Nature's repose,
Ah ! why your gay charms do ye hide
Where the bright beam of Spring never glows ?
"Morning Walk" by Laura Sophia Temple
Though like dead trees awhile they seem,
Yet having life within their root,
The welcome spring's reviving beam
Draws forth their blossoms, leaves, and fruit.
"Waiting For Spring" by John Newton
Thy beam is on the glassy breast
Of the still spring, upon whose brink
I lay my weary limbs to rest,
And bow my parching lips to drink.
Guide of the friendless negro's way,
I bless thee for this quiet ray!
"The Fugitive Slave's Apostrophe To The North Star" by John Pierpont
The softest beams of the stars are born in the farthest skies,
And fairest rays of the sun where evening shadows rise;
The sweetest songs of the bird are sung in the darkest days,
And rarest blooms of the spring are found in the wildest ways.
"Compensation" by Freeman Edwin Miller

In news:

It has the quarter-elliptic setup augmented by coil springs (arrow A), but of greatest interest to us are the filled and chromed I-beam axles repurposed as traction bars (arrow B).
It was all terribly exciting, parking in the dark but leaving the headlights on to ward off bears, shining beams on leaves and grass, listening to spring peepers and rushing water.
" Ticks usually like wetter spring conditions," Beam said.

In science:

Noise, timing, and integration studies are underway. A beam test of 15 fully-instrumented HPDs is scheduled for Spring 2003 at FNAL.
Development of a Hybrid Photo-Diode and its Front-End Electronics for the BTEV Experiment
Optical spectra of MSX SMC 155 and two comparison stars were taken on 2004 November 22 (28 days after the IRS data) using the Double Beam Spectrograph on the 2.3 m telescope of the Australian National University at Siding Spring Observatory (SSO).
R CrB Candidates in the Small Magellanic Cloud: Observations of Cold, Featureless Dust with the Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph
HE 0557−4840 was observed in 2005 December during an observing session on candidate metal-poor stars from the Hamburg/ESO ob jective-prism survey (HES; Wisotzki et al. 2000) with the Australian National University’s 2.3m telescope/Double Beam Spectrograph combination on Siding Spring Mountain.
HE 0557-4840 - Ultra-Metal-Poor and Carbon-Rich
Spectroscopy of RCB candidates was performed with the Dual-Beam Spectrograph (DBS) (Rodgers et al. 1988) attached on the ANU1 2.3m diameter telescope based at Siding Spring Observatory.
R Coronae Borealis stars in the Galactic Bulge discovered by EROS-2
In spring 2009, the prototype was taken to the ELSA electron accelerator in Bonn and set up in one of the external beam lines directly behind a dipole magnet bending the electron beam towards a dump set into the floor.
Cherenkov Detector Prototype & Testbeam 2009