What does "beamed" mean in the following sentence? (my guess is "hit"?) Whether or not, is the usage of beam in this way common??

Groot grunted a rude answer that stunned Rocket. But there were weapons of torment and destruction to be seen and they needed to begin their journey, so Rocket ushered Groot to the back. He had to dodge being beamed in the head by Thor’s backpack.


The context is:

Rocket is a genetically modified raccoon; Thor, the thunder god; together with Groot, a tree-person, the three are about to be on trip to another planet.

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    Did you hear or read this? Seems like your question is based on an error: "beaned". I'm not sure "beamed" is a "legitimate" usage.
    – Em.
    Jun 29, 2019 at 4:25
  • I quoted it from a book I am reading now. I am not sure it's a printing mistake, or a purposeful usage, as Rocket is a raccoon, much shorter than Thor, whose backpack was as "beam" for rocket to hit onto? (English is my second language, I am so not sure, that why I asked if "beamed" is used in this way)
    – user86301
    Jun 29, 2019 at 4:36

2 Answers 2


The word could be beaned.

Beaned = "Hit in the head with a thrown object. Originally a baseball term, in that context it means "hit in the head with a pitch" (Urban Dictionary).

If the text actually says "beamed by a backpack" it could mean that the backpack emited some sort of rays or energy, but it does not mean being hit by a backpack itself.

Beam means to emit - usually some kind of rays (Dictionary.com). "In 1989 it was suggested that power could also be usefully beamed by laser from Earth to space" (Space-based solar power from Wikipedia).


American baseball players say "beaned" or "beanball;" British cricket players say "beamed" or "beamer": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beamer_(cricket)

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