I i


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahy beem]
    • /aɪ bim/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahy beem]
    • /aɪ bim/

Definitions of i-beam word

  • noun i-beam a rolled or extruded metal beam having a cross section resembling an I. Compare H-beam. 1
  • noun i-beam a rolled steel joist or a girder with a cross section in the form of a capital letter I 0
  • noun i-beam a steel beam which in cross section has the shape of an I 0
  • noun i-beam (engineering) A beam shaped like a capital letter I (with serifs top and bottom), used in construction. 0
  • noun i-beam (computing, graphical user interface) A cursor shaped like the letter I, usually indicating the presence of editable text. 0

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Origin of i-beam

First appearance:

before 1890
One of the 20% newest English words
First recorded in 1890-95

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Parts of speech for I-beam


i-beam popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 54% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 58% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for i-beam

noun i-beam

  • truss — to tie, bind, or fasten.
  • joist — any of a number of small, parallel beams of timber, steel, reinforced concrete, etc., for supporting floors, ceilings, or the like.
  • rafter — a flock, especially of turkeys.

Top questions with i-beam

  • what is an i-beam?

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