Definitions for beaconˈbi kən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beacon, beacon fire(noun)

    a fire (usually on a hill or tower) that can be seen from a distance

  2. radio beacon, beacon(noun)

    a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes

  3. beacon, lighthouse, beacon light, pharos(verb)

    a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships

  4. beacon(verb)

    shine like a beacon

  5. beacon(verb)

    guide with a beacon

Wiktionary

  1. beacon(Noun)

    A signal fire to notify of the approach of an enemy, or to give any notice, commonly of warning or guiding.

  2. beacon(Noun)

    A signal or conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.

  3. beacon(Noun)

    A high hill or other easily distinguishable object near the shore which can serve as guidance for seafarers.

  4. beacon(Noun)

    That which gives notice of danger.

  5. beacon(Verb)

    To act as a beacon.

  6. beacon(Verb)

    To give light to, as a beacon; to light up; to illumine.

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  7. beacon(Verb)

    To furnish with a beacon or beacons.

  8. Origin: beken, from beacen 'sign, signal', from bauknan (cf. West Frisian beaken 'buoy', Dutch baken 'beacon', Middle High German bouchen 'sign'), perhaps from bʰeh₂u-. More at fantasy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beacon(noun)

    a signal fire to notify of the approach of an enemy, or to give any notice, commonly of warning

  2. Beacon(noun)

    a signal or conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners

  3. Beacon(noun)

    a high hill near the shore

  4. Beacon(noun)

    that which gives notice of danger

  5. Beacon(verb)

    to give light to, as a beacon; to light up; to illumine

  6. Beacon(verb)

    to furnish with a beacon or beacons

Freebase

  1. Beacon

    A beacon is an intentionally conspicuous device designed to attract attention to a specific location. Beacons can also be combined with semaphoric or other indicators to provide important information, such as the status of an airport, by the colour and rotational pattern of its airport beacon, or of pending weather as indicated on a weather beacon mounted at the top of a tall building or similar site. When used in such fashion, beacons can be considered a form of optical telegraphy.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jill Mikucki:

    Salty water shone like a beacon.

  2. State John Kerry:

    A united Cyprus will stand as a beacon of hope in a tumultuous part of the world.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    This is who we want to help, this is the face of people all around the world who still look to the United States as a beacon of hope.

  4. Michael Fay:

    Gabon is almost like a beacon in the middle of all those countries that have lost hundreds of thousands of elephants over the last 25 years.

  5. Dallas Zoo:

    While she was only here for a few months, Kipenzi was a beacon of light for her species and for the millions who watched her birth live on Animal Planet.

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