- 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.
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John Paul II told the European Union at the time that it was “a beacon of civilization.”
But simultaneously, as indicated by his support for Beacon, journalism is still incredibly valuable to him.
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|Kevin Fallon|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our beloved Lady Liberty has been a beacon of hope for millions of people seeking a better life.
But thanks to Josh Fox, who says Beacon International also reached out to Susan Sarandon and Who Killed the Electric Car?
He glanced back over his shoulder to see the beacon of Scarthey straight over the stern.The Light of Scarthey|Egerton Castle
Each log or upright beam of the beacon was to be fixed to the rock by two strong and massive bats or stanchions of iron.Records of a Family of Engineers|Robert Louis Stevenson
On the shore, in front of the house, a great bonfire flamed up, a beacon that could be seen far out on the river.Sir Christopher|Maud Wilder Goodwin
It became at once a codified standard of purer religious life and ultimately served as a beacon of light for the future.
The bell on the Beacon being rung, the artificers were assembled on the bridge, when the affair was explained to them.An Account of the Bell Rock Light-House|Robert Stevenson
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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.