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adv. on a 90 degree angle to the keel of a ship (Nautical)

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Beam (nautical)
The beam of a ship is its width at the widest point as measured at the ship's nominal waterline. The beam is a bearing projected at right-angles from the fore and aft line, outwards from the widest part of ship. Beam may also be used to define the maximum width of a ship's hull, or maximum width plus superstructure overhangs.

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1. at right angles to the length of a ship or airplane

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On the beam, that is, on a line which forms a right angle with the ship's keel; opposite to the center of the ship's side.

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An aircraft is "abeam" a fix, point, or object when that fix, point, or object is approximately 90 degrees to the right or left of the aircraft track. Abeam indicates a general position rather than a precise point. (FAA4)

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