- 1A fire or light set up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration: a chain of beacons carried the news • figurative the prospect of a new government was a beacon of hope for millionsMore example sentences
- But amid the feelings of frustration, one piece of positive news shone out like a beacon of hope.
- When I saw the sign of The Dolmen Hotel all lit up it was like a beacon of hope to me.
- That said, Jerome Vareille stood out like a beacon of hope, creating or being on the end of the best of the few chances.
- 1.1British (Often in place names) a hill suitable for beacon of fire or light: Ivinghoe Beacon the Brecon BeaconsMore example sentences
- One of the most wonderful walks I have taken was in the Brecon Beacons, Wales.
- 1.2A light or other visible object serving as a signal, warning, or guide, especially at sea or on an airfield.More example sentences
- Rotating beacons on airfields made their debut in the early 1920s.
- What is the significance, if any, of the color and location of lights / beacons on airliners or any aircraft?
- From the late 1970s, constellations of man-made navigation satellites have taken over as beacons to guide the way.
- 1.3A radio transmitter whose signal helps to fix the position of a ship, aircraft, or spacecraft.More example sentences
- Similar technology is used to track down lost aircraft and yachts through their radio beacons.
- The news of Corvette 03's shoot down arrived in the JRCC at a busy time; it was a hectic night with numerous reports of aircraft down and emergency beacons being detected.
- Ships, yachts and aircraft carry emergency beacons which are activated when they come into contact with water, sending a signal on a reserved frequency that identifies the vessel and its approximate location.
Old English bēacn 'sign, portent, ensign'; related to beckon.