to travel through space as if along a beam of light or energy; to transport (someone or something) in this manner
Chiefly associated with the US TV series Star Trek.
Matter transmitter—In SF, an apparatus which dissembles an object, transmits it through space and re-assembles it at another point. The transported matter is usually broken into its component atoms, ‘beamed’ and reconstructed by a specially keyed receiver. Travel is thus instantaneous.
The landing party is beamed to materialize on arid, rocky Sirius IV.
Robert April selects a recon party…and they step into the transporter chamber. We get our first look at this procedure, too, as it beams them to materialize on the planet surface far below.
Kirk beamed down to the planet with Mr. Spock.
When in use, the communicators serve the additional purpose of a transporter-locator device. This allows the transporter to locate, lock-on, and ‘beam aboard’ any crewman within range.
McCoy has an inbred distrust of machines, as evidenced by his loathing for the transporter system used for ‘beaming’ personnel from the ship to planet surfaces.
Well…one could beam from one place, to the transporter room, then to another place.
Spock’s first transmission had come as the last of the Enterprise crew members were beaming aboard.
He signalled the flagship to beam him aboard.
You can’t just materialize anywhere in the Metaverse, like Captain Kirk beaming down from on high.
Janeway had herself, Paris, and Drickel beamed directly to sickbay.
‘None,’ Chakotay said. ‘Not even trace signatures. They haven’t beamed anywhere and there are no other anomalies out there.’
You can beam her back aboard without any problem.
Samuel A. Peeples, David A. Kyle, and Martin Greenberg, 'A Dictionary of Science Fiction'
Earliest cite in the OED is 1966.
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