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BEACON

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does beacon mean? 

BEACON (noun)
  The noun BEACON has 3 senses:

1. a fire (usually on a hill or tower) that can be seen from a distance
2. a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes
3. a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships

  Familiarity information: BEACON used as a noun is uncommon.


BEACON (verb)
  The verb BEACON has 2 senses:

1. shine like a beacon
2. guide with a beacon

  Familiarity information: BEACON used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BEACON (noun)


Sense 1beacon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fire (usually on a hill or tower) that can be seen from a distance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

beacon; beacon fire

Hypernyms ("beacon" is a kind of...):

visual signal (a signal that involves visual communication)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "beacon"):

signal fire; signal light (a fire set as a signal)


Sense 2beacon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

radio beacon; beacon

Hypernyms ("beacon" is a kind of...):

radio station (station for the production and transmission of radio broadcasts)


Sense 3beacon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

beacon light; lighthouse; pharos; beacon

Hypernyms ("beacon" is a kind of...):

tower (a structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building)

Instance hyponyms:

Tower of Pharos (a great lighthouse (500 feet high) built at Alexandria in 285 BC)


BEACON (verb)


Sense 1beacon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shine like a beacon

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Hypernyms (to "beacon" is one way to...):

beam; shine (emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2beacon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Guide with a beacon

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "beacon" is one way to...):

conduct; direct; guide; lead; take (take somebody somewhere)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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