Roller vs Beam - What's the difference?

roller | beam |

As a proper noun roller

is (slang) a rolls-royce car.

As a noun beam is

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

As a verb beam is

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




(en noun)
  • (lb) Anything that rolls.
  • #Any rotating cylindrical device that is part of a machine, especially one used to apply or reduce pressure.
  • #A person who rolls something, as in "cigar roller".
  • #(lb) A heavy rolling device used to flatten the surface of the pitch.
  • #A cylindrical tool for applying paint or ink.
  • #An agricultural machine used for flattening land and breaking up lumps of earth.
  • #One of a set of small cylindrical tubes used to curl hair.
  • #A roller towel.
  • #A small wheel, as of a caster, a roller skate, etc.
  • #Any insect whose larva rolls up leaves.
  • #Any of the small ground snakes of the family .
  • A long wide bandage used in surgery.
  • A large, wide, curling wave that falls back on itself as it breaks on a coast.
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  • *:He and Gerald usually challenged the rollers in a sponson canoe when Gerald was there for the weekend?; or, when Lansing came down, the two took long swims seaward or cruised about in Gerald's dory, clad in their swimming-suits?; and Selwyn's youth became renewed in a manner almost ridiculous,.
  • (lb) A bird.
  • #A breed or variety of roller pigeon that rolls (i.e. tumbles or somersaults) backwards (compare Penson roller, Birmingham roller, tumbler, tumbler pigeon, English Short Faced Tumbler, English Long Faced Tumbler).
  • #Any of various aggressive birds, of the family Coraciidae, having bright blue wings and hooked beaks.
  • (also written Roller) A car made by Rolls-Royce.
  • The police (old blues slang).
  • A padded surcingle that is used on horses for training and vaulting.
  • A roll of titles or (especially) credits played over film or video; television or film credits.
  • *2006 , (Clive James), North Face of Soho , Picador 2007, p. 69:
  • *:I learned a lot from watching, but the part that I should have studied harder was the roller . The names of the writers went on for ever.
  • Derived terms

    * light roller * heavy roller * hair roller * high roller * paint roller * road roller * roller bearing * roller bed * roller blade, rollerblade * roller coaster * roller shutter * roller skate * steam roller, steamroller


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    (en noun)
  • Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use.
  • 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.
  • (nautical) The maximum width of a vessel
  • This ship has more beam than that one.
  • The crossbar of a mechanical balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended.
  • *(rfdate) (Alexander Pope)
  • The doubtful beam long nods from side to side.
  • The principal stem of the antler of a deer.
  • (literary) The pole of a carriage.(rfc-sense)
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  • (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.
  • The straight part or shank of an anchor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A ray or collection of approximatelyly parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body
  • a beam of light
    a beam of energy
  • * (rfdate) Shakespeare
  • How far that little candle throws his beams !
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=September 22 , author=Nick Collins , title=Speed of light 'broken' by scientists , work=Daily Telegraph citation , page= , passage=A total of 15,000 beams of neutrinos were fired over a period of 3 years from CERN towards Gran Sassoin Italy, 730km (500 miles) away, where they were picked up by giant detectors. }}
  • (figuratively) A ray; a gleam
  • a beam of hope, or of comfort
  • * (rfdate) Keble
  • Mercy with her genial beam .
  • One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk.
  • (music) A horizontal bar which connects the stems of two or more notes to group them and to indicate metric value.
  • An elevated rectangular dirt pile used to cheaply build an elevated portion of a railway.
  • Synonyms

    * (nautical) breadth * (heavy iron lever) working beam, walking beam * (sense, hawk's feather) beam feather * see also


    * (textiles) fore beam, back beam

    Derived terms

    (Derived terms) * abeam * balance beam * beam reach * beam splitter * beam-ends * beamer * beamish * beamline * beamy * bond beam * crossbeam * moonbeam * sunbeam * broad across the beam * broad in the beam * chemical beam epitaxy * high-beam * laser beam * molecular beam epitaxy * particle beam * tractor beam


    (en verb)
  • (ambitransitive) To emit beams of light; shine; radiate.
  • to beam forth light
  • (figuratively) To smile broadly or especially cheerfully.
  • To furnish or supply with beams; give the appearance of beams to.
  • (science fiction) To transmit matter or information via a high-tech wireless mechanism.
  • Beam me up, Scotty; there's no intelligent life down here.
  • (currying) To stretch on a beam, as a hide.
  • (weaving) To put on a beam, as a chain or web.
  • (music) To connect (musical notes) with a beam, or thick line, in music notation.
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