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Definition of "beacon" []

  • A signaling or guiding device, such as a lighthouse, located on a coast. (noun)
  • A radio transmitter that emits a characteristic guidance signal for aircraft. (noun)
  • A source of guidance or inspiration. (noun)
  • A signal fire, especially one used to warn of an enemy's approach. (noun)
  • To provide with or shine as a beacon. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "beacon" in a sentence
  • "We've got what we call beacon schools, where we take the school buildings that are there anyhow, and now we keep them open until 11: 00 p.m. or 12: 00 p.m. at night, six and seven days a week, with programs for young people and adults, funded by the city but run by not-for-profit community organizations."
  • "This is what we call our beacon of democracy in the region?"
  • "However, before they can leave, a beacon is planted somewhere on the base, alerting the Vanguard to the location of the ship."