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. Frank DeAngelis:

    Not only in communities like this, but people who go through some tough times in their lives, columbine has become a beacon of hope.

  2. Juliana Taimoorazy:

    America was created as a land for religious freedom, and if these individuals are persecuted for their faith, we as a beacon of hope for the world should understand their pain more than anybody else.

  3. United States:

    I am not at all concerned that anyone in the world can look at the United States and understand it to be anything but a beacon of hope, democracy and freedom, we have a long history of that and it has continued under the Trump administration.

  4. Mindy Kaling:

    God bless you, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.I am not Ruth Bader Ginsburg.I but these were the first words that came to mind when I heard this very sad news. A titan. A beacon. A giant. What a loss. And she fought so hard for so long. Bless her.

  5. 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.

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