beacon fire

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n beacon fire a fire (usually on a hill or tower) that can be seen from a distance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beacon fire a signal fire.
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Usage

In literature:

One of these was to keep the fire burning, so that it might serve as a beacon to the life savers as they toiled at the oars.
"Darry the Life Saver" by Frank V. Webster
At length a distant colume of fire, widening and increasing as I approached, served me as a beacon.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Farther out, on a rocky spit, was the mark of last night's beacon-fire.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
The flag was kept flying all day, and the beacon fire lighted again at night.
"The History of Little Peter, the Ship Boy" by W.H.G. Kingston
They had no way of putting out the fire, whose light might be providing a beacon through the dark.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
It was a beacon fire.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
I heard Tugg roaring something in Spanish about "the beacon" and then a spark of fire flared out in the darkness far ahead.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
I've known him take his hedging bill, in his dinner hour, and cut fuel for our beacon-fire, when we were playing at a French Invasion.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Budge and Throppy had fired the driftwood beacon on Brimstone Point.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The night came down, and beacon fires glared out on every hill and mountain-top.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
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In poetry:

There beats no heart on either border
Wherethrough the north blasts blow
But keeps your memory as a warder
His beacon-fire aglow.
"Adieux à Marie Stuart" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The table is set, the lamp is trimmed,
The fire has a ruddy glow
That streams like a beacon down the path,
To the dusky valley below.
"Eighteen Sixty-Two" by Marietta Holley
Look round thee!–o'er the slumbering deep
A solemn glory broods;
A fire hath touch'd the beacon-steep,
And all the golden woods;
"The Distant Ship" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Now when at eve returned
I near that shore divine,
Where once but watch-fires burned
I see thy beacon shine,
And know the land hath learned
Desire that welcomes mine.
"The Viking's Song" by Sir Henry Newbolt
"I came by Cape St. Vincent, I came by Trafalgar,
I swept from Torres Vedras to golden Vigo Bar,
I saw the beacons blazing that fired the world with light
When down their ancient highway your fathers passed to fight.
"The Sailing Of The Long-Ships" by Sir Henry Newbolt
O wise hills and tender! aglow with beacons afar
That kindle fires of the past from embers faded and grey,
Keeping our heart's lamp burning through the dark hours that are
Between to-night's twilight and to-morrow's day!
"The Grey Comrades" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Spokane fire investigators say a fire on Beacon hill was human caused.
CARL E FEATHER / Star Beacon FIRSTENERGY ANNOUNCED Thursday that is closing its coal-fired plant in Ashtabula.
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