from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A signaling or guiding device, such as a lighthouse, located on a coast.
- n. A radio transmitter that emits a characteristic guidance signal for aircraft.
- n. A source of guidance or inspiration.
- n. A signal fire, especially one used to warn of an enemy's approach.
- transitive v. To provide with or shine as a beacon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A signal fire to notify of the approach of an enemy, or to give any notice, commonly of warning or guiding.
- n. A signal or conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.
- n. A high hill or other easily distinguishable object near the shore which can serve as guidance for seafarers.
- n. That which gives notice of danger.
- v. To act as a beacon.
- v. To give light to, as a beacon; to light up; to illumine.
- v. To furnish with a beacon or beacons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A signal fire to notify of the approach of an enemy, or to give any notice, commonly of warning.
- n. A signal, such as that from a lighthouse, or a conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.
- n. A high hill near the shore.
- n. That which gives notice of danger.
- n. a radio transmitter which emits a characteristic signal indication its location, so that vehicles may determine their exact location by locating the beacon with a radio compass; -- also called radio beacon.
- n. that which provides guidance or inspiration.
- transitive v. To give light to, as a beacon; to light up; to illumine.
- transitive v. To furnish with a beacon or beacons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A guiding or warning signal; anything fixed or set up as a token; especially, a signal-fire, either in a cresset and placed on a pole, or lighted on a tower or an eminence.
- n. A tower or hill formerly used for such purposes.
- n. A lighthouse or other object placed conspicuously on a coast, or over a rock or shoal at sea, to give notice of danger, or for the guidance of vessels.
- n. A painted staff about 9 feet long, carrying a small square flag at the top, used in camps to indicate an angle of the quarters assigned to a regiment or company.
- n. In England, formerly, a division of a wapentake; probably a district throughout which a beacon could be seen, or which was bound to furnish one.
- To illumine or light up as a beacon.
- To afford light or aid to; lead; guide as a beacon.
- To furnish or mark with beacons: as, to beacon a coast or a boundary: sometimes with off.
- To use as a beacon; make a beacon of.
- To serve or shine as a beacon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. shine like a beacon
- n. a fire (usually on a hill or tower) that can be seen from a distance
- v. guide with a beacon
- n. a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes
- n. a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships
We've got what we call beacon schools, where we take the school buildings that are there anyhow, and now we keep them open until 11: 00 p.m. or 12: 00 p.m. at night, six and seven days a week, with programs for young people and adults, funded by the city but run by not-for-profit community organizations.
This is what we call our beacon of democracy in the region?
However, before they can leave, a beacon is planted somewhere on the base, alerting the Vanguard to the location of the ship.
Separately, when she went to some websites, they had a different kind of technology called a beacon, which is another invisible kind of tracker that runs some software while you're on a page and tries to assess what you're doing on that page.
All we need to relight the beacon is to return to our true core values – they're all there right in the Declaration and Constitution.
The large colorful colonial church looms like a beacon from the far edge of the plaza.
Deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, the crew hear a distress beacon from the 'Icarus I', which disappeared on the same mission seven years earlier ...
Perhaps his guiding beacon is the words of that famous Marxist philosoper, "Any club that would have me as a member, I wouldn't want to join".
A large sound emitter beacon is mounted behind the backboard.
I wil say the weather beacon is simply stunning in deep blue ...