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Meaning of BEACON

Pronunciation:  'beekun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships
  2. [n]  a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes
  3. [n]  a fire (usually on a hill or tower) that can be seen from a distance
  4. [v]  guide with a beacon
  5. [v]  shine like a beacon

BEACON is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: beacon fire, beacon light, lighthouse, pharos, radio beacon
 See Also: beam, conduct, direct, guide, lead, radio station, shine, signal fire, signal light, take, tower, visual signal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bea"con\, n. [OE. bekene, AS. be['a]cen, b?cen; akin to
    OS. b?kan, Fries. baken, beken, sign, signal, D. baak, OHG.
    bouhhan, G. bake; of unknown origin. Cf. {Beckon}.]
    1. A signal fire to notify of the approach of an enemy, or to
       give any notice, commonly of warning.
             No flaming beacons cast their blaze afar. --Gay.
    2. A signal or conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near
       the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to
    3. A high hill near the shore. [Prov. Eng.]
    4. That which gives notice of danger.
             Modest doubt is called The beacon of the wise.
    {Beacon fire}, a signal fire.
  2. \Bea"con\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beaconed} (?); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Beaconing}.]
    1. To give light to, as a beacon; to light up; to illumine.
             That beacons the darkness of heaven.  --Campbell.
    2. To furnish with a beacon or beacons.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a pole (Heb. to'ren) used as a standard or ensign set on the tops of mountains as a call to the people to assemble themselves for some great national purpose (Isa. 30:17). In Isa. 33:23 and Ezek. 27:5, the same word is rendered "mast." (See Banner.)

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