- 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.
beacon definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
beacon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A signaling or guiding device, such as a lighthouse, located on a coast.
- A radio transmitter that emits a characteristic guidance signal for aircraft.
- A source of guidance or inspiration.
- A signal fire, especially one used to warn of an enemy's approach.
Origin: Middle English beken, from Old English bēacen; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.