- The definition of a beacon is a person or thing that warns, guides or offers support.
- A lighthouse is an example of a beacon.
- The lights of a runway are an example of a beacon for a landing plane.
- A friend who offers direction and guidance is an example of a beacon for someone in need.
A lighthouse is a beacon.
- a signal fire, esp. one on a hill, pole, etc.
- any light or radio signal for warning or guiding
- a lighthouse
- a radio transmitter that sends out signals for the guidance of aircraft, as at night or in fog
- a person or thing that warns, offers encouragement or guidance, etc.
Origin of beaconMiddle English beken ; from Old English beacen, becen ; from Germanic an unverified form baukna, probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhāu-, variant, variety of base an unverified form bhā-, to gleam, shine from source Classical Greek phainein, to show, appear
- to light up (darkness, etc.)
- to provide or mark with beacons
- a. A signal fire, especially one used to warn of an enemy's approach.b. A signaling or guiding device that emits light, such as a lighthouse.c. A radio transmitter that emits a characteristic guidance signal for aircraft.d. A signaling device that emits a repeating sound; a pinger.
- A source of guidance or inspiration: a beacon of hope.
tr. & intr.v.bea·coned, bea·con·ing, bea·cons
Origin of beaconMiddle English beken, from Old English bēacen; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A signal fire to notify of the approach of an enemy, or to give any notice, commonly of warning.
- (nautical) A signal or conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.
- A high hill or other easily distinguishable object near the shore which can serve as guidance for seafarers.
- That which gives notice of danger.
(third-person singular simple present beacons, present participle beaconing, simple past and past participle beaconed)