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From Middle English beken, from Old English bēacen(sign, signal), from Proto-Germanic *baukną (compare West Frisian beaken(buoy), Dutch baken(beacon), German Bake(traffic sign), Middle High German bouchen(sign)), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂u-, *bʰeh₂-(to shine).



beacon (plural beacons)

  1. A signal fire to notify of the approach of an enemy, or to give any notice, commonly of warning.
    • Gay
      No flaming beacons cast their blaze afar.
  2. (nautical) A signal or conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.
    1. A post or buoy placed over a shoal or bank to warn vessels of danger; also a signal mark on land. (FM 55-501)
  3. A high hill or other easily distinguishable object near the shore which can serve as guidance for seafarers.
  4. (figuratively) That which gives notice of danger.
    • Shakespeare
      Modest doubt is called / The beacon of the wise.
  5. An electronic device that broadcasts a signal to nearby portable devices, enabling smartphones etc. to perform actions when in physical proximity to the beacon.


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beacon (third-person singular simple present beacons, present participle beaconing, simple past and past participle beaconed)

  1. To act as a beacon.
  2. To give light to, as a beacon; to light up; to illumine.
    That beacons the darkness of heaven. — Campbell.
  3. To furnish with a beacon or beacons.

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