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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beacon  \Bea"con\,  n.  [OE.  bekene  AS  be['a]cen,  b?cen;  akin  to 
  OS  b?kan,  Fries.  baken,  beken,  sign,  signal,  D.  baak,  OHG. 
  bouhhan  G.  bake;  of  unknown  origin.  Cf  {Beckon}.] 
  1.  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.  --Gay. 
 
  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  near  the  shore.  [Prov.  Eng.] 
 
  4.  That  which  gives  notice  of  danger. 
 
  Modest  doubt  is  called  The  beacon  of  the  wise. 
  --Shak. 
 
  {Beacon  fire},  a  signal  fire. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beacon  \Bea"con\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Beaconed}  (?);  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Beaconing}.] 
  1.  To  give  light  to  as  a  beacon;  to  light  up  to  illumine. 
 
  That  beacons  the  darkness  of  heaven.  --Campbell. 
 
  2.  To  furnish  with  a  beacon  or  beacons. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  beacon 
  n  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}] 
  v  1:  shine  like  a  beacon 
  2:  guide  with  a  beacon 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Beacon,  IA  (city,  FIPS  5050) 
  Location:  41.27457  N,  92.68125  W 
  Population  (1990):  509  (192  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.6  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  52534 
  Beacon,  NY  (city,  FIPS  5100) 
  Location:  41.50415  N,  73.96599  W 
  Population  (1990):  13243  (5039  housing  units) 
  Area:  12.3  sq  km  (land),  0.3  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  12508 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Beacon 
  a  pole  (Heb.  to'ren)  used  as  a  standard  or  ensign  set  on  the 
  tops  of  mountains  as  a  call  to  the  people  to  assemble  themselves 
  for  some  great  national  purpose  (Isa.  30:17).  In  Isa.  33:23  and 
  Ezek.  27:5,  the  same  word  is  rendered  "mast."  (See  {Banner}.) 
 




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