beam weapon n.
a weapon that fires a destructive beam of energy
The green light-beam weapons were merely another application of the same principle…. The light-beams were swift and violent in their action.]
White Invaders in Astounding Stories Dec. 348
We could see an officer inside, checking the racks of beam-weapons.
Mutiny on Europa in Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec. 70/1
Earth could use your great science… And your marvellous anti-gravity ships and beam-weapon, in the war! If we had your help, we would win!
Prison of Time in Dynamic Science Stories May 29/2
They have threatened to begin the systematic destruction of our cities by means of the beam weapon with which their ships are equipped.
The Weapon in Amazing Stories July 86/1
The stranger…had flashed his beam weapon upon him and cut him down.
The Sun-Smiths in Other Worlds Aug. 60/2
Why wasn’t it firing? As if to answer his thought the flare of a beam-weapon struck out from the launch.
Face of the Deep in Worlds of If Sept. 51/2
Curt was standing naked upon the floor, a beam weapon in his hand.
The Green in Amazing Stories Sept. 24/1
Gar has built a diffuser—a mob that projects a defensive field that spreads out the energy from beam weapons.
End of War in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 26
Research HistoryDouglas Winston has a number of cites from various sources.
Jesse Sheidlower supplied most cites in this entry.
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