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Definition of beacon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    beacon

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈbiːkən//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːkən//
     
    Plane travel, Radio broadcasting, Travelling by boat or ship
     
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  1. 1a light that is placed somewhere to guide vehicles and warn them of danger a navigation beacon (figurative) He was a beacon of hope for the younger generation. see also Belisha beacon See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2a radio station whose signal helps ships and aircraft to find their position The plane was guided in by radio beacon. See related entries: Plane travel, Radio broadcasting, Travelling by boat or ship
  3. 3(in the past) a fire lit on top of a hill as a signal
  4. Word Origin Old English bēacn ‘sign, portent, ensign’, of West Germanic origin; related to beckon.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beacon