- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of beacon
Synonyms for beacon
Related Words for beaconingshepherd, govern, drive, escort, herd, educate, manage, handle, maneuver, oversee, navigate, influence, instruct, see, train, usher, supervise, accompany, teach, regulate
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Historical Examples of beaconing
The light of a great love shone out of the wonderful deeps of them, beaconing the way clear into the haven of her heart.Lochinvar
S. R. Crockett
My heart cleaved the eternity of separation, beaconing my sad return to them, and I followed gladly, hope being not yet dead.
They hold and send forth the beaconing flash from every intellectual and loving light-house in the world.The Cassowary
Word Origin 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.