beacon [ bee-kuhn ]
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.
a. radio beacon.
b. 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM BEACON
WORDS RELATED TO BEACON
flare, lantern, radar, rocket, alarm, sign, beam, lamp, watchtower, alert, bonfire, lighthouse, heliograph, pharos, lodestar, balefire, guidepost
SYNONYMS FOR BEACON
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1. beam, buoy, pharos; signal fire; balefire.
Origin: before 950; Middle English beken, Old English bēacen sign, signal; cognate with Old Frisian bāken, Old Saxon bōkan, Old High German bouhhan
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