meaning of BEACON

BEACON meaning in General Dictionary

to provide light to as a beacon to light up to illumine

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  • an indication fire to inform regarding the strategy of an enemy or even to offer any notice generally of warning
  • shine like a beacon
  • guide with a beacon
  • a fire (usually on a hill or tower) that may be seen from a distance
  • a radio place that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes
  • a tower with a light that provides warning of shoals to passing boats
  • an indication fire to alert of the approach of an enemy, or even give any notice, frequently of warning.
  • A signal or conspicuous level erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.
  • A high slope nearby the coast.
  • what offers notice of risk.
  • to provide light to, as a beacon; to light up; to illumine.
  • To furnish with a beacon or beacons.

BEACON meaning in Law Dictionary

light-house, or sea-mark, formerly used to alarm the united states, in case of the approach of an enemy, the good news is useful for the assistance of vessels at ocean, by night, including by day.


BEACON meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English beacen "signal, portent, lighthouse," from western Germanic *baukna "beacon, signal" (cognates: Old Frisian baken, Old Saxon bokan, Old High German bouhhan); not discovered outside Germanic. Possibly lent from Latin bucina "a crooked horn or trumpet, alert horn." But much more likely from PIE *bhew-, a variant associated with base *bha- (1) "to gleam, shine" (see phantasm). Figurative use from c.1600.


BEACON meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) An indication fire to alert of this strategy of an enemy, or to provide any notice, frequently of caution.

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  • (n.) A signal or conspicuous level erected on an eminence nearby the coast, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.
  • (letter.) A top mountain near the shore.
  • (n.) That which offers notice of risk.
  • (v. t.) To give light to, as a beacon; to light; to illumine.
  • (v. t.) To furnish with a beacon or beacons.

Sentence Examples with the word BEACON

Not to many men surely, the depot, the post-office, the bar-room, the meeting-house, the school-house, the grocery, Beacon Hill, or the Five Points, where men most congregate, but to the perennial source of our life, whence in all our experience we have found that to issue, as the willow stands near the water and sends out its roots in that direction.

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