- a guiding or warning signal, as a light or fire, especially one in an elevated position.
- a tower or hill used for such purposes.
- a lighthouse, signal buoy, etc., on a shore or at a dangerous area at sea to warn and guide vessels.
- radio beacon.
- a radar device at a fixed location that, upon receiving a radar pulse, transmits a reply pulse that enables the original sender to determine his or her position relative to the fixed location.
- a person, act, or thing that warns or guides.
- a person or thing that illuminates or inspires: The Bible has been our beacon during this trouble.
- Digital Technology. web beacon.
- to serve as a beacon to; warn or guide.
- to furnish or mark with beacons: a ship assigned to beacon the shoals.
- to serve or shine as a beacon: A steady light beaconed from the shore.
Origin of beacon
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- a city in SE New York.
Examples from the Web for beacon
John Paul II told the European Union at the time that it was “a beacon of civilization.”Pope’s Blistering Attack on ‘Haggard’ Europe
November 26, 2014
But simultaneously, as indicated by his support for Beacon, journalism is still incredibly valuable to him.The 'Mayor of the Internet' Fights the Good Fight
August 26, 2014
I also think Christine Baranski is a beacon of light and I, too, would like to know what Josh Charles was thinking.The Best Emmys Moments: Seth Meyers, Bryan Cranston, and a 'Seinfeld' Kiss
August 26, 2014
Our beloved Lady Liberty has been a beacon of hope for millions of people seeking a better life.Is it Time to Send Lady Liberty Back to France?
July 20, 2014
But thanks to Josh Fox, who says Beacon International also reached out to Susan Sarandon and Who Killed the Electric Car?
The Beacon had reached a large circulation, but its slave was worn out.
The thoughts about the Beacon were after all not so very absorbing.
In a crisis his presence in London or Paris was absolutely necessary to the Beacon.
Ah, then Beacon Street is one of the principal streets, is it?One Day's Courtship
The Church had been his beacon before, but now it was to be his refuge.The Christian
- a signal fire or light on a hill, tower, etc, esp one used formerly as a warning of invasion
- a hill on which such fires were lit
- a lighthouse, signalling buoy, etc, used to warn or guide ships in dangerous waters
- short for radio beacon
- a radio or other signal marking a flight course in air navigation
- short for Belisha beacon
- a person or thing that serves as a guide, inspiration, or warning
- a stone set by a surveyor to mark a corner or line of a site boundary, etc
- to guide or warn
- (intr) to shine
Word Origin and History for beacon
Old English beacen "sign, portent, lighthouse," from West Germanic *baukna "beacon, signal" (cf. Old Frisian baken, Old Saxon bokan, Old High German bouhhan); not found outside Germanic. Perhaps borrowed from Latin bucina "a crooked horn or trumpet, signal horn." But more likely from PIE *bhew-, a variant of the base *bha- "to gleam, shine" (see phantasm). Figurative use from c.1600.