- 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 their position relative to the fixed location.
- web beacon.
- a low-energy radio transmitter at a specific location within a store, museum, office space, etc., which identifies nearby mobile devices in order to send them location-specific messages or collect location-specific data:There must be a beacon in the luggage aisle because I just got a coupon for this suitcase on my phone.
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As a pulsar rotates, it sweeps a beam of radio waves around in space like a lighthouse, which appears to Earth as a radio beacon flickering on and off.Why losing Arecibo is a big deal for astronomy|Maria Temming|December 4, 2020|Science News
To my astronomy-riddled graduate brain, Michael was a beacon to a promised land of scientific wonders without borders.Five Scientists on the Heroes Who Changed Their Lives - Issue 93: Forerunners|Alan Lightman, Hope Jahren, Robert Sapolsky,|December 2, 2020|Nautilus
If someone with whom you’ve exchanged beacons reports a positive coronavirus test, the system alerts you so you can get checked yourself.The 100 greatest innovations of 2020|Popular Science Staff|December 2, 2020|Popular-Science
Personal locator beacons employ satellites to transmit a help signal.How to survive a snowstorm from inside your truck|Keith McCafferty|November 25, 2020|Popular-Science
Trebek and the show — the two difficult now to divorce — were a beacon of democratic ideals, flattening the world for all to consume.Remembering Alex Trebek, The Man With All The Answers|Oliver Roeder|November 9, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
My heart cleaved the eternity of separation, beaconing my sad return to them, and I followed gladly, hope being not yet dead.
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
They hold and send forth the beaconing flash from every intellectual and loving light-house in the world.The Cassowary|Stanley Waterloo