from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A transverse floor-beam of a bridge, resting, according to the construction of the bridge, on the chord or the girders; also, a crosspiece in a queen-post truss, serving to support a floor.
  • noun In car-building, a transverse timber placed between the bolsters, beneath the longitudinal sills and floor-timbers, to which it is bolted.


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  • He was fast, faster than was reasonable, but he couldn't outrun a needle-beam.

    The I Inside Foster, Alan Dean, 1946- 1984

  • Rhodan reached into the pocket of his suit and took out a small needle-beam raygun.

    Starless Realm Ernsting, Walter 1976

  • A minute's work with needle-beam, tractors, and pressor sufficed to cut the two smaller ships apart and to dispose of the Nhalian's magnets and cables.

    Masters Of The Vortex Smith, E. E. 1972

  • Each had a needle-beam projector in the nose, not too much armament when you hunted the Borthudian dragons.

    Agent Of The Terran Empire Anderson, Poul, 1926- 1965

  • The needle-beam pistol spun from his hand and slithered across the floor as Wayne fell under the impact of the heavy body.

    The Judas Valley Randall Garrett 1957

  • He unlocked the cell door and, equally politely, drew a needle-beam pistol.

    The Judas Valley Randall Garrett 1957

  • Wayne thumbed his own needle-beam pistol up to full and fired hastily at the distant figure.

    The Judas Valley Randall Garrett 1957

  • A space boot came into view around a big rock, and Wayne aimed his needle-beam at the spot where the man's head would appear.

    The Judas Valley Randall Garrett 1957

  • The medic's fingers tightened on the needle-beam, and managed to pull the trigger.

    The Judas Valley Randall Garrett 1957

  • He grabbed the needle-beam pistol from the collapsing man's limp hand and had the other three men covered before the slugged medic had finished sagging to the floor.

    The Judas Valley Randall Garrett 1957


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