beam (n.) Old form(s): Beame
balance, scales, counterpoise
2H6 II.i.200[King to all, of Justice] Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause prevails
AW II.iii.154[King to Bertram, of Helena] poising us in her defective scale, / Shall weigh thee to the beam [i.e. shall more than equal your weight]
Oth I.iii.323[Iago to Roderigo] If the beam of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise another of sensuality [F braine]
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