radio beacon


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. radii,
  2. radin,
  3. radin, paul,
  4. radio,
  5. radio astronomy,
  6. radio beam,
  7. radio car,
  8. radio collar,
  9. radio compass,
  10. radio control

Origin of radio beacon

First recorded in 1915–20

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Examples from the Web for 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

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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