beam-ends


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beam-ends

(bēm′ĕndz′)
pl.n. Nautical
The ends of a ship's beams.

beam-ends

pl n
1. (Nautical Terms) the ends of a vessel's beams
2. (Nautical Terms) on her beam-ends (of a vessel) heeled over through an angle of 90°
3. on one's beam-ends
a. out of resources; destitute
b. desperate

beam′-ends`



n.pl.
the ends of the transverse deck beams of a ship.
Idioms:
1. on her beam-ends, (of a ship) heeled so far on one side that the deck is practically vertical.
2. on one's or the beam-ends, Slang. in desperate straits.
[1765–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beam-ends - (nautical) at the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel; "on her beam-ends" means heeled over on the side so that the deck is almost vertical
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
side, face - a surface forming part of the outside of an object; "he examined all sides of the crystal"; "dew dripped from the face of the leaf"
Translations

beam-ends

[ˌbiːmˈendz] NPL (Naut) → cabezas fpl de los baos (de un buque)
she was on her beam-ends (Naut) → el buque escoraba peligrosamente
they are on their beam-endsestán en un grave aprieto, no tienen donde caerse muertos

beam-ends

pl to be on one’s beam-ends (Naut) → starke Schlagseite haben; (Brit fig) → auf dem letzten Loch pfeifen (inf)
References in classic literature ?
Leaning out of the window, and seeing one of the faces on the beam-ends looking at me sideways, I fancied it was Uriah Heep got up there somehow, and shut him out in a hurry.
It began to be chill; the tide was rapidly fleeting seaward, the schooner settling more and more on her beam-ends.
Unluckily, however, she "broached to," and was struck by a heavy sea, that hove her on her beam-ends.