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Beme, n.1 Also: beim(e, beym(e, beame; bayme. [ME. beme, beem (north. beym), bem, OE. béam tree, beam (of wood or of light).]

1. A beam or ray of light. (See also Son-beme.) Common in poetry, but rarely used in prose. (a) Barb. iv. 704 (eftir as thair bemys strekit air).
Leg. S. xvii. 1319 (the sone can fare bemys strek).
Ib. xxviii. 313 (of hewine the sonnis beme).
Howlat 3 (bemes blythest of ble).
Wall. v. 8 (Phebus had lost his fyry bemys).
Dunb. G. Targe 5 (clere depurit bemes cristallyne).
Doug. xii. Prol. 61 (the reflex of the diurnal bemys).
Bell. Boece II. 63 (ane firy comeit with mony terrible bemes).
G. Ball. 145 (his bemis send he hes out far).
Maitl. Q. xl. 54 (Phoebus with his glistering bemis cleir).
(b) Brus xi. 190 (armys blenknyt with the sonnys beyme).
Bell. Boece I. 237 (reflixioun of contrar beimis in thair sicht).
Compl. 38/14 (his lustrant beymis).
Dalr. I. 5/24 (the beimes of the sone).
Mure I. 3/5 (to coole his burning beimis).
(c) Lauder Minor P. i. 386 (the cleir sone withouttin beames bricht).
Maitl. Q. lxix. 14 (blisful blenkis of Phoebus beamis).

2. A wooden beam. e.g. of a plough, loom, gallows, etc. Also attrib. Pro festo aratri pro operis inceptione et labore eorundem in fabricandis ferris … et pro lie bayme; 1512 Rentale Dunkeld. MS. 140 b.
Lang with hys crukyt beym the plewch lyis still; Doug. xiii. viii. 24.
To be scurgeit to the gallows, and thair his lug takkit to the beame; 1515 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 159.
Ane come with ane fullare or walkeris beme and straik him on the heid; Bisset II. 292/3.
To deliver to John Clark, weifer, ane beim … borrowit fra the said John; 1621 Glasgow Weavers 68.
He … had woundit him wpon the heid with ane beime stalfe heid; 1622 Ib. 68.

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