a) A beam shaped like a capital letter I (with serifs top and bottom), used in construction.

In general, the cursor image is the primary concern, with different types used to indicate selected functions such as I-beams or vertical bars for text editing, a pencil for drawing, or a hand with the index finger extended...

b) A cursor shaped like the letter I, usually indicating the presence of editable text.

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  • I-beam — I beams (also known as W beams or double T esp. in Polish and German) are beams with an I or H shaped cross section ( W stands for wide flange ). The horizontal elements are flanges, while the vertical element is the web. The Euler Bernoulli beam …   Wikipedia

  • I-beam — [ī′bēm΄] n. a steel beam which in cross section has the shape of an I …   English World dictionary

  • I-Beam —   [dt. »I förmiger Balken«], engl. für Maus Cursor …   Universal-Lexikon

  • I-beam — noun girder having a cross section resembling the letter I • Hypernyms: ↑girder * * * /uy beem /, n. a rolled or extruded metal beam having a cross section resembling an I. See illus. under shape. [1890 95] * * * Iˈ beam noun 1. A metal girder I… …   Useful english dictionary

  • I-beam — [“aibim AND bim] n. IBM, International Business Machines stock shares. (Securities markets. See also big blue.) □ I beam fell out of bed and took the market with it. □ How much beam do you own? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • i beam — noun Usage: capitalized I : a rolled iron or steel beam or a cast steel beam of I section; also : a built up beam of I section used especially in structural ironwork (as in steel framed buildings) called also I girder …   Useful english dictionary

  • I beam — noun Date: circa 1889 an iron or steel beam that is I shaped in cross section …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • I-beam — /uy beem /, n. a rolled or extruded metal beam having a cross section resembling an I. See illus. under shape. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • I-beam — A structure whose cross section resembles the letter I. It may be extruded from or built up from aluminum, magnesium, or titanium alloys, or it may be made of wood, plastic, or steel. See beam (iii) …   Aviation dictionary

  • I-beam — /ˈaɪ bim/ (say uy beem) noun a beam in the shape of the capital letter I …   Australian English dictionary

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