a guiding or warning signal, as a light or fire, especially one in an elevated position.
a tower or hill used for such purposes.
a lighthouse, signal buoy, etc., on a shore or at a dangerous area at sea to warn and guide vessels.
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.
a person, act, or thing that warns or guides.
a person or thing that illuminates or inspires: The Bible has been our beacon during this trouble.
Digital Technology, web beacon.
verb (used with object)
to serve as a beacon to; warn or guide.
to furnish or mark with beacons: a ship assigned to beacon the shoals.
verb (used without object)
to serve or shine as a beacon: A steady light beaconed from the shore.

before 950; Middle English beken, Old English bēacen sign, signal; cognate with Old Frisian bāken, Old Saxon bōkan, Old High German bouhhan

beaconless, adjective
unbeaconed, adjective

1. beam, buoy, pharos; signal fire; balefire. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
beacon (ˈbiːkən)
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
9.  to guide or warn
10.  (intr) to shine
[Old English beacen sign; related to Old Frisian bāken, Old Saxon bōcan, Old High German bouhhan]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. beacen "sign, portent, lighthouse," from W.Gmc. *bauknan (cf. O.Fris. baken, O.S. bokan, O.H.G. bouhhan); not found outside Germanic. Perhaps borrowed from L. bucina "a crooked horn or trumpet, signal horn." But more likely from PIE *bhau-, a variant of the base *bha- "to gleam, shine" (see
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Bible Dictionary

Beacon definition

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.)

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