beacon

Definitions

  • A Beacon Masked in Ice
    A Beacon Masked in Ice
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beacon guide with a beacon
    • v beacon shine like a beacon
    • n beacon a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships
    • n beacon a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes
    • n beacon a fire (usually on a hill or tower) that can be seen from a distance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A U.S. company came out with a toilet night-light that sends out a green warning beacon when the seat is up
    • Beacon A high hill near the shore.
    • Beacon (Navigation) a radio transmitter which emits a characteristic signal indication its location, so that vehicles may determine their exact location by locating the beacon with a radio compass; -- also called radio beacon .
    • Beacon 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."
    • Beacon A signal, such as that from a lighthouse, or a conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.
    • Beacon That which gives notice of danger. "Modest doubt is called
      The beacon of the wise."
    • Beacon that which provides guidance or inspiration; the Constitution has been a beacon for civil rights activists.
    • Beacon To furnish with a beacon or beacons.
    • Beacon To give light to, as a beacon; to light up; to illumine. "That beacons the darkness of heaven."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beacon A guiding or warning signal; anything fixed or set up as a token; especially, a signal-fire, either in a cresset and placed on a pole, or lighted on a tower or an eminence. Such beacons were formerly much used to signal the approach of an enemy or to spread a call or warning for any purpose, a chain of them often conveying intelligence to great distances.
    • n beacon A tower or hill formerly used for such purposes. Various hills in England and the older parts oi the United States have the name of Beacon, from the fact that signal-fires were formerly lighted on them.
    • n beacon A lighthouse or other object placed conspicuously on a coast, or over a rock or shoal at sea, to give notice of danger, or for the guidance of vessels.
    • n beacon A painted staff about 9 feet long, carrying a small square flag at the top, used in camps to indicate an angle of the quarters assigned to a regiment or company.
    • n beacon In England, formerly, a division of a wapentake; probably a district throughout which a beacon could be seen, or which was bound to furnish one.
    • beacon To illumine or light up as a beacon.
    • beacon To afford light or aid to; lead; guide as a beacon.
    • beacon To furnish or mark with beacons: as, to beacon a coast or a boundary: sometimes with off.
    • beacon To use as a beacon; make a beacon of.
    • beacon To serve or shine as a beacon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beacon bē′kn a fire on an eminence used as a sign of danger: a hill on which such could be lighted: anything that warns of danger, esp. an erection of stone, wood, or iron often bearing a light, and marking rocks or shoals in rivers or navigable channels
    • v.t Beacon to act as a beacon to: to light up: to mark by means of beacons
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Quotations

  • Thomas H. Huxley
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    “Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “A wreck on shore is a beacon at sea.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bekene, AS. beácen, bēcen,; akin to OS. bōkan, Fries. baken, beken, sign, signal, D. baak, OHG. bouhhan, G. bake,; of unknown origin. Cf. Beckon

Usage

In literature:

BEACON HILL BEFORE THE HOUSES.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume I. No. VI. June, 1884" by Various
The pilot resides at the foot of the bluff, and is expected to visit this beacon daily.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
We weathered the packet and squeezed by the beacon.
"Wide Courses" by James Brendan Connolly
That white light to the left of the red flash is the beacon on the end of the breakwater.
"The Adventure Club Afloat" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Hancock lived in the mansion, inherited from his uncle, on Beacon Street, facing the Common.
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
It was like a beacon.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
She was his friend, his one beacon of light in the dark sea of unhappiness.
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
On our journey through England we passed many of these beacons, then used for more peaceful purposes.
"From John O'Groats to Land's End" by Robert Naylor and John Naylor
My poor little wife has gone, and that beacon light, the son we yearned for, has been snuffed right out.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Seamer two beacons do give light to Pickering, Susfeld, in Whitby Strand, and Setterington beacon.
"The Evolution Of An English Town" by Gordon Home
For months Pretoria has been our beacon, and at first it seemed quite an impossibly long way off.
"With Rimington" by L. March Phillipps
He has been watching by the beacon.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
To-day there are 1306 lighthouses and lighted beacons, and forty-five lightships.
"American Merchant Ships and Sailors" by Willis J. Abbot
Ned looked at it long, and gradually it became a beacon of light to him, his "pillar of flame" by night.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
There was a fire lighted on it this morning as if it might be a beacon.
"A Sea Queen's Sailing" by Charles Whistler
The long lines of beacon-fires on the walls showed only a few men in arms posted there.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
His next trip was to his father's house on Beacon Street, where he found his mother and sisters.
"Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks" by Charles Felton Pidgin
There, too, opposite us, is the highest of the eastern downs, Firle Beacon.
"The House of Walderne" by A. D. Crake
Many of these beacons of safety are automatic in operation and require little attention.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
How long will it take you to make a signal beacon that'll send out a constant automatic SOS?
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
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In poetry:

Her stars shall henceforth shine
Beacons of Love and Light,
With radiance divine
Dispelling night!
"Redeemed!" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Count Louis was for horse and arms;
And if its beacon waved,
For love; but ladies had not charms
To match a danger braved.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Thou dost not know that thy grand life
Has been my beacon light.
I aim to conquer in the strife,
That I may reach thy height.
"Thou Dost Not Know" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
To State, to manhood and to God
Must mind be wholly given,
Ere truth will shine a beacon light,
To illumine earth and heaven.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
“O, beacons sighted in the dark,
They are right welcome things,
And pitchpots flaming on the shore
Show fair as angel wings.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
When this blast is over-blown,
And the beacon fires shall burn
And in the street
Is the sound of feet -
They also shall return.
"The Homecoming" by Joseph Johnston Lee

In news:

State Rep Carlos Henriquez faced two challenges at his community meeting last Thursday night: Low turnout and a Republican, far afield from his Beacon Hill home, demanding his resignation.
Cool day at the Beacon.
Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Primetime Performer.
The Beacon Hill Civic Association's Streets and Sidewalks Committee asks all residents to step outside and give the sidewalk in front of their homes a good spring cleaning during Boston Shines, Saturday, April 28.
(This letter was written to the Beacon and to Jeff Rodgers, our Stargazer writer who is the director of the Bishop Planetarium).
It seems like just yesterday we were talking about Starcraft 2 as the shining beacon of eSports and competitive gaming.
Organizers of Maine's TD Beach to Beacon 10-kilometer running race are painting the start line of the race course two days ahead of the race itself.
According to a report from The Beacon, the S.S. Ahern Trader which has been beached upright in Frederickton, Newfoundland and Labrador since 1960 was toppled over by a storm on Dec 21.
WARREN DILLAWAY / Star Beacon DANCERS BRACE for the worst as they wait their fate during "A Chorus Line" at the Ashtabula Arts Center's Straw Hat Theatre.
Magnalight CS-A-24LED Strobe Beacon provides an effective alternative to permanently mounted strobe lights.
Larson Electronics' Magnalight releases battery powered LED beacon.
The Magnalight CS-A-24LED Strobe Beacon.
The construction of The Beacon tower in DUMBO is subsidized by your money.
Last weekend, a bunch of celebrities gathered at New York's Beacon Theatre for 'Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs.
The Beach Boys Bring The (Mostly) Good Vibrations To The Beacon.
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In science:

R and beacon packets of Ab Bytes are sent at rate R(2).
Practical Rate and Route Adaptation with Efficient Link Quality Estimation for IEEE 802.11b/g Multi-Hop Networks
Linux’s iwspy interface every time a beacon or data packet was received.
Practical Rate and Route Adaptation with Efficient Link Quality Estimation for IEEE 802.11b/g Multi-Hop Networks
The LATOR mission consists of two low cost microspacecraft (the goal is to launch both spacecraft on a single Delta II launch vehicle). with three interferometric links between the craft and a beacon station on the ISS.
New Concept for Testing General Relativity: The Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity (LATOR) Mission
The two spacecraft are in the helio-centric orbits and use lasers to measure the distance between them and a beacon station on the ISS.
New Concept for Testing General Relativity: The Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity (LATOR) Mission
The second telescope emits the directing beacon to the spacecraft.
New Concept for Testing General Relativity: The Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity (LATOR) Mission
The LATOR experiment does not need a drag-free system, but uses a geometric redundant optical truss to achieve a very precise determination of the interplanetary distances between the two microspacecraft and a beacon station on the ISS.
New Concept for Testing General Relativity: The Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity (LATOR) Mission
Such clusters have long since been considered as beacons of large-scale structures.
Nearby Large-Scale Structures and the Zone of Avoidance: A Conference Summary and Assessment
The laser beacon transmitter at the ISS is expanded to have a beam divergence of 30 arcsec in order to guarantee illumination of the LATOR spacecraft.
The Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity
At this point, the LATOR spacecraft acquire the expanded laser beacon signal.
The Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity
Each interferometer station and laser beacon station searches for the spacecraft laser signal.
The Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity
The laser beacon transmitter will then narrow its beam to be diffraction limited (∼1 arcsec) and to point toward the LATOR spacecraft.
The Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity
The second telescope emits the directing beacon to the spacecraft.
The Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity
At these levels of solar rejection, it is possible for the spectral filter to r eject enough starlight to acquire the laser beacon.
The Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity
The second telescope emits the directing beacon to the spacecraft.
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
The station on the ISS is composed of a two laser beacon stations that perform communications and laser ranging to the spacecraft and two interferometer stations that collect the downlink signal for the astrometric measurement.
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
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