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radio beacon

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noun
  1. a radio station that sends a characteristic signal so as to enable ships or airplanes to determine their position or bearing by means of a radio compass.
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Origin of radio beacon

First recorded in 1915–20
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Historical Examples of radio beacon

  • This tone acts as a radio-beacon, and directs the ants to the colony, no matter where they may be located.

    The Bell Tone

    Edmund H. Leftwich


British Dictionary definitions for radio beacon

radio beacon

noun
  1. a fixed radio transmitting station that broadcasts a characteristic signal by means of which a vessel or aircraft can determine its bearing or positionSometimes shortened to: beacon
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