What does beacon mean?

Definitions for beacon
ˈbi kənbea·con

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word beacon.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. beacon, beacon firenoun

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

  2. radio beacon, beaconnoun

    a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes

  3. beacon, lighthouse, beacon light, pharosverb

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

  4. beaconverb

    shine like a beacon

  5. beaconverb

    guide with a beacon

Wiktionary

  1. beaconnoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  2. beaconnoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  3. beaconnoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  4. beaconnoun

    That which gives notice of danger.

    Etymology: 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.

  5. beaconverb

    To act as a beacon.

    Etymology: 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.

  6. beaconverb

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

    That beacons the darkness of heaven. uE000127693uE001 Campbell.

    Etymology: 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.

  7. beaconverb

    To furnish with a beacon or beacons.

    Etymology: 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. Beaconnoun

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

  2. Beaconnoun

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

  3. Beaconnoun

    a high hill near the shore

  4. Beaconnoun

    that which gives notice of danger

  5. Beaconverb

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

  6. Beaconverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beacon

    bē′kn, n. a fire on an eminence used as a sign of danger: a hill on which such could be lighted: anything that warns of danger, esp. an erection of stone, wood, or iron often bearing a light, and marking rocks or shoals in rivers or navigable channels.—v.t. to act as a beacon to: to light up: to mark by means of beacons.—n. Float′ing-bea′con, a light-ship. [A.S. béacn, a beacon, a sign.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. beacon

    [Anglo-Saxon, béacn.] A post or stake erected over a shoal or sand-bank, as a warning to seamen to keep at a distance; also a signal-mark placed on the top of hills, eminences, or buildings near the shore for the safe guidance of shipping.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. beacon

    A signal-fire to notify the approach of an enemy.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beacon in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beacon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of beacon in a Sentence

  1. Jill Mikucki:

    Salty water shone like a beacon.

  2. An Ohio doctor:

    What was I to this world if not a beacon of light shining upon those who couldn’t scan the internet for their own hilarious and entertaining comic relief? i guess what I am trying to say is that you’re welcome and you owe me big time.

  3. Zac Brown:

    This is really strange circumstances because normally under pressure entertainment and music always survives. People want to feel good. They wan na come out and see music and we wan na be able to be there as a beacon to help remind them that everything is going to be OK during hard times, but this has been crippling because people can't gather together.

  4. Randi Weingarten:

    We are constantly trying to help our students, particularly our middle, high school and postsecondary students, separate fact from fiction, as we help them develop their critical-thinking and analytical skills, newsGuard is a great tool in this regard. It is a beacon of clarity to expose the dark depths of the internet and uplift those outlets committed to truth and honesty rather than falsehoods and fabrications.

  5. Vanna Bonta:

    Where you see valid achievements or virtue being attacked, it's by someone viewing them as a mirror of their own inadequacy instead of an inspiring beacon for excellence.

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