lighthouse

Definitions

  • Lighthouse Tender Approaching Buoy
    Lighthouse Tender Approaching Buoy
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lighthouse a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first lighthouse built in the USA was in Boston, MA in 1716
    • n Lighthouse līt"hous` A tower or other building with a powerful light at top, erected at the entrance of a port, or at some important point on a coast, to serve as a guide to mariners at night; a pharos.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first lighthouse was in Alexandria in 290 B.C
    • n lighthouse A tower or other structure exhibiting a light or lights, for the purpose of indicating the presence of rocks, shoals, or other dangers to navigation, or for the guidance of mariners when approaching or sailing along a coast, entering a harbor, or navigating a river or other body of water. Lighthouses were formerly illuminated simply by means of a wood- or coal-fire, and afterward by candles and lamps. Coal-fires continued in general use till after the middle of the eighteenth century, and in some places many years later. The lamps in the lanterns of lighthouses in the United States are, for the most part, mechanical oil-lamps fitted with Argand burners, and employed with simple reflectors or with some form of the Fresnel lantern. Electric lighting has been tried in some lighthouses, but found objectionable on account of the depth of shadow produced by it in their immediate vicinity. In order that lighthouses may be distinguished by night, their lights vary in power, color, number, position, etc. As regards power, they are classified as of the first, second, third, or fourth order: the first two being employed in coast-lighthouses, and the others as sound-, harbor-, or river-lights. They may be fixed, revolving, flashing, or intermittent, in either single or combined colors: thus, a light may show two white flashes and a red flash followed by an interval of darkness, or the red and white flashes may alternate. These changes are obtained by various contrivances for causing the lenses, reflectors, or screens to travel in a circular path around the lamp, or to pass before it. Some lighthouses are painted with bands of color, or bear some other distinguishing mark, that their identity may be easily established in the daytime.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lighthouse keepers were nicknamed "wickies" because they tended the lamps wick
    • Lighthouse a tower-like construction exhibiting a light for indicating to vessels, when nearing a port or coasting along shore, the proximity of rocks, shoals, and other dangers
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Quotations

  • Edwin P. Whipple
    Edwin P. Whipple
    “Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.”
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “Anything for the quick life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leóht; Ger. licht.

Usage

In literature:

Mary Margaret thought the lighthouse was a wonderful place.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
We now could see more plainly the furred and yellow gleam of the lighthouse lamp.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
JOE: Up at the lighthouse.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
The Chinese pagoda, painted red, seemed a lighthouse on the hillock.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
They are the lighthouses, and in each of them is a bright fixed light.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
The lighthouses on their ends were dwarfed by distance.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Here is the lighthouse, and there is another at the other end of it, each of them sixty-five feet high.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
Grace did not find the life at the lighthouse unpleasant.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
Why, Teddy said that it would be the easiest thing in the world to stop off at Lighthouse Island some time and see us girls.
"Billie Bradley on Lighthouse Island" by Janet D. Wheeler
It was on the coast at Barbicaglia, just opposite the lighthouse on the Sanguinaires.
"The Immortal" by Alphonse Daudet
Denotes the study of, and acquaintance with, lighthouses.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He was the first real lighthouse-keeper I had met.
"Some Naval Yarns" by Mordaunt Hall
Early one morning the trader, Mr. Broenne, went out to the lighthouse that is situated at some distance from Gammel-Skagen, and near Grenen.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
His next step was to fix the bearing of the lighthouse.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
The first aeroplane to reach this height passes directly over the aerodrome and then steers a course to the first lighthouse.
"Night Bombing with the Bedouins" by Robert Henry Reece
West of the lighthouse is the little fishing-cove and lifeboat station of Polpeor.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
Alquada Reef lighthouse, 112.
"Prisoners Their Own Warders" by J. F. A. McNair
Fortunately we chose the middle one of the three, because it had a little lighthouse.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor
If tomorrow pans out as lucky, we ought to get in touch with the lighthouse at Cape Charles.
"Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast" by Louis Arundel
The lighthouse was a massive structure, over a hundred feet in height.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
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In poetry:

On stormy eves from cliff and head
We saw the white spray tossed and spurned;
While over all, in gold and red,
Its face of fire the lighthouse turned.
"A Sea Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
“For all his looks that are so stout,
And his speeches brave and fair,
He may wait on the wind, wait on the wave,
But he’ll build no lighthouse there.”
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
The free wind strains our pinions of gray sail.
Low slips the sombre shore toward the blue.
The sun-shot lighthouse windows glint and fail.
Our rounded topsails dip their long adieu.
"Adieu" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
On the skull of a Titan, that Heaven defied,
Sat the fiend, like the grito Giant Gog,
While aloft to his mouth a huge pipe he applied,
Twice as big as the Eddystone Lighthouse, descried
As it looms through an easterly fog.
"The Paint-Kings" by Washington Allston
For I heard the boom of a gun strike doom;
And the gleam of a blood-red star
Glared at me through the mirk and gloom
From the lighthouse tower afar;
And I held my breath at the shriek of death
That came from the harbor bar.
"What The Wind Said" by James Whitcomb Riley
It was three months and over since the dear lad had started:
On the green downs at Cromer I sat to see the view;
On an open space of herbage, where the ling and fern had parted,
Betwixt the tall white lighthouse towers, the old and the new.
"Requiescat In Pace" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Canyon?Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund celebrates opening of North Point Lighthouse Charter School .
Joseph North Pier Lighthouse, taken by Sean Chess of Coldwater, will be featured in the 2013 Pure Michigan Travel Guide.
Golfing legend Chi Chi Rodriguez and Liberty grad team up on a book about lighthouses of Puerto Rico.
Chi Rodriguez, Liberty grad publish book on lighthouses of Puerto Rico.
Business Index Schools Lighthouse Private Christian Academy.
She says the lighthouse is listed on several government web-sites as a "surplus" building and is being sold.
You asked for rainbows' today ann hager, taken from the base of Heceta Lighthouse.
Coast Guard sues Michigan museum operator over historical lighthouse lens.
Coast Guard sues Michigan museum operator over historical lighthouse lens.
Nauset Lighthouse, Cape Cod , MA.
Joseph North Pier Lighthouse, taken by Sean Chess of Coldwater , will be featured in the 2013 Pure Michigan Travel Guide.
Above is an artists rendering of what the structure will look like when completed with its unique lighthouse designed into the east corner.
Paco Paloma steams and cracks frozen crab for customers at Nick's Lighthouse Restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf.
Oxford named Lighthouse School Leader.
Feds plan to dispose of Edgartown's landmark lighthouse.
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In science:

CU Vir is the only known MS star that shows variable radio emission, resembling the radio lighthouse of pulsars (Trigilio et al. 2008, 2011; Ravi et al. 2010), it also displays variations in light and spectral lines of He i, Si ii, H i, and other ions.
Surprising variations in the rotation of the chemically peculiar stars CU Virginis and V901 Orionis
Lighthouse effect of relativistic jets (Camenzind & Krockenberger 1992) There is a correlation between the flux outbursts in IR-optical region and the birth of a new superluminal knot in the parsec-scale jet.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
An animation showing the rotating neutron star or “lighthouse model” of the basic pulsar phenomenon is shown in Fig. 2.
Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
Figure 2: The rotating neutron star (or “lighthouse”) model for pulsar emission.
Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
Gamma Ray Bursts as Cosmic Lighthouses The observation of the high-z universe, beyond the epoch of reionization, could be feasible directly if bright enough sources are present.
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
With their extreme brightness, gamma-ray bursts have the potential of being used as lighthouses, shining from the far and dark ages of the universe.
Gamma-Ray Bursts, Collisionless Shocks and Synthetic Spectra
A pulsar is a rapidly rotating neutron star emitting radio waves in a particular direction, like a lighthouse.
Comparing solar-system, binary-pulsar, and gravitational-wave tests of gravity
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