a device (esp. a weapon) that emits a beam of energy
Then Star saw what kind of a transmitter it was, and he groaned. It was not a Hineson Sub-space beamer…it was an old-style transmitter which had different wave speeds. [ellipsis in orig.]
Death Star in Planet Stories Spring 80/2
Grimly he swung the barrel of the Beamer around and touched the firing trigger. The suits vanished in a flare of light.
Tritonian Terror in Fantastic Adventures Nov. 129
Ushtu entered the basement of a large tenement, using his magnetic beamer to open doors and lock them after him.
Courier of Chaos in Future Science Fiction Mar. 19/2
He…brought the icy barrel of the beamer against his hairy but otherwise bare chest. Moss gave a shiver and slapped the proton-beamer, suction-holster-side in, against the side of his hip.
Uncompromising People in Spaceway June 100
You could have coupled a thermonuclear power plant to a gravity beamer and a secondary-drive pulse generator, built a hull around the ensemble, and—
Twelvemonth & a Day in Fantastic Universe Jan. 46/1
The high walls… reared up behind a dense barrier of wickedly thorned shark trees. Retief used a small pocket beamer to slice a narrow path through into the grounds.
Truce or Consequences in Worlds of If Nov. 19/1
‘I shall make an example. First I shall vaporize her squat snout.’ He flicked one of this four thumbs over a setting on the beamer and pressed the business end against her nose.
Monarch in Worlds of If Nov.–Dec. 130/1
Of course I had the beamer and it would kill; but it wouldn’t kill fast.
Table Manners in J. Pournelle & J. Baen Far Frontiers 294
My hand inside my coverall leg, I fire Armana’s beamer at the sculpted stone ceiling, sizzling my own knee; with a roar a section of rock breaks loose from above.
Pyro in Science Fiction Age July 65/2
Valk pulled a nasty-looking pistol out of a pocket of his suit and pointed it at Lanoe’s chest. It was a microwave beamer, fully capable of cooking Lanoe alive inside his suit.
Forsaken Skies 115
Research HistorySuggested by Malcolm Farmer.
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