• WordNet 3.6
    • v beckon signal with the hands or nod "She waved to her friends","He waved his hand hospitably"
    • v beckon summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture
    • v beckon appear inviting "The shop window decorations beckoned"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Beckon A sign made without words; a beck. "At the first beckon ."
    • v. t Beckon To make a significant sign to; hence, to summon, as by a motion of the hand. "His distant friends, he beckons near.""It beckons you to go away with it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • beckon To make a significant gesture with the head or hand, intended as a hint or an intimation, especially of a desire for approach or departure, or for silence.
    • beckon To make a significant sign to; summon or direct by making signs.
    • n beckon A significant gesture: as, “at the first beckon,” Boling-broke, Parties.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Beckon bek′n to nod or make a sign to.
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  • Euripides
    “That glittering hope is immemorial and beckons many men to their undoing.”
  • George Ellery Hale
    George Ellery Hale
    “Like buried treasures, the outposts of the universe have beckoned to the adventurous from immemorial times...”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bíecnanbéacn, a sign. See Beacon.


In literature:

He beckoned with his hand and called to them.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
She smiled on him, she beckoned to him.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Grogan beckoned Miss Masters to his side.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
Fanny beckoned him with one finger to follow her.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
With their long thin shadowy fingers they beckon for you beneath the sofa.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
On Sir Moses going to the door, the Pasha smiled and beckoned him to follow him.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
The Colonel beckoned to the men to enter.
"Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Presently he spied me and beckoned.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
The Italian stood smiling and bowing and beckoning.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
He presently beckoned to a negro boy sitting on one of the carved benches.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston

In poetry:

If to the autumn fields
You have gone,
As the stalks of miscanthus grass
Secretly, to me
Will you not beckon?
"If to the autumn fields" by Ise
And bed and lawn and gloomy space
By thicket overgrown
Are wonderlands where I may trace
The beckoning Unknown.
"The Child Impaled" by John Le Gay Brereton
Ever in the New rejoicing,
Kindly beckoning back the Old,
Turning, with the gift of Midas,
All things into gold.
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
Push the curls of golden hue
From thine eyes of starlit dew,
And behold me where I stand,
Beckoning thy boat to land.
"Death's Ferryman" by Alice Cary
"My father, yet in pity stay!—
I see his white beard wave—
A spirit beckons him away,
And points to yonder grave.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
He nods in dreams and winketh
With dull, half-open eyes,
And once a page he beckons beckons--
A page that standeth by.
"Barbarossa" by Friedrich Ruckert

In news:

Holiday shopping still beckons, even with the ancient Maya supposedly forecasting the end of the world for 2012.
Middle Earth beckons in Air New Zealand safety video.
New Zealand beckons for a visit.
Noel Coward's 'A Blithe Spirit' beckons.
In addition to frosty motifs, candles that beckon nostalgia are also popular this season.
Usually, when comedy hawkers beckon for me to see their free and supposedly hilarious shows, I say I'm busy.
We don't know why history beckons some individuals to go down a certain path, embrace a particular ideology and give their lives in its pursuit.
A plate of oysters beckons ostreaphiles.
Whether you're doing yoga, going for a jog or just lounging at home, the Wisdom Roll-Down Pant from Beckons Organic offers comfort and flexibility for your daily activities.
Whether it's an art festival, a movie in the park or just a nice day to shop and stroll, Winter Park 's Park Avenue beckons visitors.
Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail beckons bicyclists: Trees along the Great Allegheny Passage , (GAP) rail-trail near Boston, Pa. Are spectacular in mid October.
The difference between a run-of-the-mill pillow and one that beckons you to come and sit for a while is in the details.
In artists' sketches, arches engraved with the names of former Yale soccer and lacrosse players beckon fans to the new Reese Stadium.
The plain exterior, the side-street location and the worn parking lot hardly beckon passersby to pull in.
Found in wet meadows and woods, May apple beckons the botanist with its unique appearance, ancient lore, and potential for danger.

In science:

Of course, the holy grail of this whole field, namely, the fundamental understanding and theoretical classification of non-equilibrium steady states, still beckons at the distant horizon.
Driven Diffusive Systems: An Introduction and Recent Developments
However, the decreased performance of all gratings towards 350 nm (which is systematic relative to the RCWA predictions) and that only one of the gratings performs better than our batch mean requirement at that wavelength beckons further investigation.
Methods for evaluating the performance of volume phase holographic gratings for the VIRUS spectrograph array