Pronunciation: (bēm'endz"),[key] —n.pl. 1. Naut.the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel.
2. on her beam-ends,Naut.heeled so far on one side that the deck is practically vertical: The schooner was blown over on her beam-ends. 3. on one's or the beam-ends,Slang.in desperate straits, esp. financial straits. Also,on the beam's ends.