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beacon

[bee-kuh n] /ˈbi kən/
noun
1.
a guiding or warning signal, as a light or fire, especially 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 a dangerous area at sea to warn and guide vessels.
4.
Navigation.
  1. radio beacon.
  2. a radar device at a fixed location that, upon receiving a radar pulse, transmits a reply pulse that enables the original sender to determine his or her position relative to the fixed location.
5.
a person, act, or thing that warns or guides.
6.
a person or thing that illuminates or inspires:
The Bible has been our beacon during this trouble.
7.
Digital Technology, web beacon.
verb (used with object)
8.
to serve as a beacon to; warn or guide.
9.
to furnish or mark with beacons:
a ship assigned to beacon the shoals.
verb (used without object)
10.
to serve or shine as a beacon:
A steady light beaconed from the shore.
Origin of beacon
950
before 950; Middle English beken, Old English bēacen sign, signal; cognate with Old Frisian bāken, Old Saxon bōkan, Old High German bouhhan
Related forms
beaconless, adjective
unbeaconed, adjective
Synonyms
1. beam, buoy, pharos; signal fire; balefire.

Beacon

[bee-kuh n] /ˈbi kən/
noun
1.
a city in SE New York.
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  • In all this tumult, away to the northeast, the beacon light above the Sunrise dome was cutting the darkness with a steady beam.

    A Master's Degree Margaret Hill McCarter
  • Ah, then beacon Street is one of the principal streets, is it?

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • His musket was stuck in the ground, by way of beacon attracting our attention to the spot.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • Let us see if the beacon that lights to the throne should not show the path to the shrine also.'

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • He was laid upon one of the narrow frame-beds of the beacon, and despatched in a boat to the tender.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for beacon

beacon

/ˈbiːkən/
noun
1.
a signal fire or light on a hill, tower, etc, esp one used formerly as a warning of invasion
2.
a hill on which such fires were lit
3.
a lighthouse, signalling buoy, etc, used to warn or guide ships in dangerous waters
4.
short for radio beacon
5.
a radio or other signal marking a flight course in air navigation
6.
short for Belisha beacon
7.
a person or thing that serves as a guide, inspiration, or warning
8.
a stone set by a surveyor to mark a corner or line of a site boundary, etc
verb
9.
to guide or warn
10.
(intransitive) to shine
Word Origin
Old English beacen sign; related to Old Frisian bāken, Old Saxon bōcan, Old High German bouhhan
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Word Origin and History for beacon
n.

Old English beacen "sign, portent, lighthouse," from West Germanic *baukna "beacon, signal" (cf. Old Frisian baken, Old Saxon bokan, Old High German bouhhan); not found outside Germanic. Perhaps borrowed from Latin bucina "a crooked horn or trumpet, signal horn." But more likely from PIE *bhew-, a variant of the base *bha- "to gleam, shine" (see phantasm). Figurative use from c.1600.

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beacon in the Bible

a pole (Heb. to'ren) used as a standard or ensign set on the tops of mountains as a call to the people to assemble themselves for some great national purpose (Isa. 30:17). In Isa. 33:23 and Ezek. 27:5, the same word is rendered "mast." (See Banner.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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