a band/beam of light

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SI SON

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Chinese,Cantonese-Macao,Mandarin-Taiwan
"A band is a strip of something such as colour, light, land, or cloth which contrasts with the areas on either side of it."
"A beam is a line of energy, radiation, or particles sent in a particular direction."
--- The Collins Dictionary
After read the definitions above,
then I got the sentence following: "a band of light glowed in the space between floor and door." #1
I think maybe I can replace the word "band" with another word "beam" : "a beam of light glowed in the space between floor and door." #2

The question is:
Any difference between #1 and #2 ?

I puzzle over the usage of these words above.

Thanks in advance.
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    A band is like a ribbon; a beam is like a rod. They are not interchangeable and I think you want "band" here.
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I agree with Copyright. The space between a door and the floor is a narrow horizontal strip. Light visible in that space would take the form of a band.
     
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