- (British) IPA: /ˈbiːkən/
beacon (plural beacons)
- 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.
- (nautical) A signal or conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.
- A high hill or other easily distinguishable object near the shore which can serve as guidance for seafarers.
- (figurative) That which gives notice of danger, or keeps people on the correct path.
- c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
- Modest doubt is called / The beacon of the wise.
- An electronic device that broadcasts a signal to nearby portable devices, enabling smartphones etc. to perform actions when in physical proximity to the beacon.
- French: balise
- German: Leuchtfeuer
- Portuguese: almenara
- Russian: сигна́льный ого́нь
- Spanish: baliza, almenara
- Russian: предупрежде́ние
beacon (beacons, present participle beaconing; past and past participle beaconed)
- (intransitive) To act as a beacon.
- (transitive) To give light to, as a beacon; to light up; to illumine.
- That beacons the darkness of heaven.
- (transitive) To furnish with a beacon or beacons.
- A town in Western Australia.
- A city/and/town in Iowa, USA.
- A city in New York, USA.
- A hamlet in Devon, England.