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 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.

    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. beacon(Noun)

    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. beacon(Noun)

    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. beacon(Noun)

    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. beacon(Verb)

    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. beacon(Verb)

    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. beacon(Verb)

    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. 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.

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. Spike Lee:

    When we go around the world saying, 'We're the beacon of democracy' and you know, with the Constitution and human rights and all that stuff, and that he's the president? look, there's no negating the fact that he's a great showman. But we're talking about the highest office in the United States of America. This is not a TV show.

  2. Christopher Kerr:

    We really need to respond to the reality of treatment of vulnerable people at the border, we believe our country should uphold values of dignity, values of being a king of a beacon of hope in our world. We see this as something thatsnot happening.

  3. Jill Mikucki:

    Salty water shone like a beacon.

  4. Cometan:

    Astronism will be my eternal beacon.

  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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