Definitions for beaconˈbi kən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bea•conˈbi kən(n.)

  1. a guiding or warning signal, as a light or fire, esp. one in an elevated position.

  2. a tower or hill used for such purposes.

  3. a lighthouse, signal buoy, etc., on a shore or at sea to warn and guide vessels.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  4. a radar device transmitting a pulse from a fixed location as an aid to navigation.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

    Ref: radio beacon.

  5. a person or thing that warns, guides, etc.

  6. (v.t.)to serve as a beacon to.

  7. to furnish or mark with beacons.

  8. (v.i.)to serve or shine as a beacon.

Origin of beacon:

bef. 950; ME beken, OE bēacen sign, signal, c. OFris bāken, OHG bouhhan

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.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

beacon(noun)

a type of light, fire etc that warns of danger, eg the light in a lighthouse.

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