AskDefine | Define beacon

Dictionary Definition



1 a fire (usually on a hill or tower) that can be seen from a distance [syn: beacon fire]
2 a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes [syn: radio beacon]
3 a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships [syn: lighthouse, beacon light, pharos]


1 shine like a beacon
2 guide with a beacon

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A signal fire to notify of the approach of an enemy, or to give any notice, commonly of warning or guiding.
  2. A signal or conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.
  3. A high hill or other easily distinguishable object near the shore which can serve as guidance for seafarers.
  4. That which gives notice of danger.


signal fire
signaling or guiding mark erected as guide to mariners
  • Arabic: (manār)
  • Finnish: merimerkki, viitta, loisto
  • Russian: маяк (maják) stationary, бакен (báken) floating
high hill or similar
  • Finnish: maamerkki
that which warns
  • Finnish: varoitin

Extensive Definition

beacon in Danish: bavn
beacon in German: Befeuerung
beacon in Modern Greek (1453-): Φρυκτωρία
beacon in Italian: Faro
beacon in Korean: 봉수
beacon in Norwegian: Varde
beacon in Norwegian Nynorsk: Varde
beacon in Swedish: Vårdkase
beacon in Chinese: 烽火台

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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