What does beacon mean?

Definitions for beacon
ˈbi kənbea·con

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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.

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

  4. beaconnoun

    That which gives notice of danger.

  5. beaconverb

    To act as a beacon.

  6. beaconverb

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

    That beacons the darkness of heaven. uE000127693uE001 Campbell.

  7. beaconverb

    To furnish with a beacon or beacons.

  8. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beaconnoun

    Etymology: beacon, Sax. from been, a signal, and becnan, whence beckon, to make a signal.

    His blazing eyes, like two bright shining shields,
    Did burn with wrath, and sparkled living fire;
    As two broad beacons set in open fields,
    Send forth their flames. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Modest doubt is called
    The beacon of the wise. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    The king seemed to account of the designs of Perkin as a may-game; yet had given order for the watching of beacons upon the coasts, and erecting more where they stood too thin. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    No flaming beacons cast their blaze afar,
    The dreadful signal of invasive war. John Gay, Rural Sports.

Wikipedia

  1. Beacon

    A beacon is an intentionally conspicuous device designed to attract attention to a specific location. A common example is the lighthouse, which draws attention to a fixed point that can be used to navigate around obstacles or into port. More modern examples include a variety of radio beacons that can be read on radio direction finders in all weather, and radar transponders that appear on radar displays. 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.

ChatGPT

  1. beacon

    A beacon is a signaling device or a source of light, often set on a high area or position, used to draw attention or guide the direction of someone. This can be for navigation, communication, safety, or visibility purposes. In the digital world, a beacon can also refer to a small device that sends out signals to other devices to share information about location or other relevant data.

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

Wikidata

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. beaconnoun

    A bachelor of education that exist in alternating current conditions in the air assimilated before being physically in contact with and supported by a location somewhere in the general surface of magnificence above the earth. 1.) A fire or light service up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal, rescue or celebration. A light or other visible object serving as a signal, warning, or guide, especially at sea or on an airfield. A broadcasting signal that helps to fix the position of a ship, aircraft, or spacecraft.

    The team placed a beacon in Houston Texas to signal a sign in T.I.M.E. for rescue.

    Etymology: Lucas Spirit


    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on December 5, 2023  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BEACON

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Beacon is ranked #106096 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Beacon surname appeared 168 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Beacon.

    79.1% or 133 total occurrences were White.
    11.9% or 20 total occurrences were Black.
    5.9% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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. Nelly Cheboi:

    The coolest thing about being the CNN Hero of the Year was being the beacon of hope. There is hope. Poverty has an expiration date. This is all temporary.

  2. 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.

  3. Loren Khogali:

    If and when this passes, this will serve as a model for other sort of similarly situated states across the country, it really will be a beacon in the midst of a really difficult time for reproductive rights supporters.

  4. Tyson Jominy:

    This is their beacon.

  5. Felicity Jones:

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave us hope, a public figure who stood for integrity and justice - a responsibility Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not wear lightly, ruth Bader Ginsburg will be missed not only as a beacon of light in these difficult times but for Ruth Bader Ginsburg razor sharp wit and extraordinary humanity. Ruth Bader Ginsburg taught us all so much. I will miss Ruth Bader Ginsburg deeply.

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