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Beacon vs. Lighthouse

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Beaconnoun

A signal fire to notify of the approach of an enemy, or to give any notice, commonly of warning.

Lighthousenoun

A tower or other structure exhibiting a light or lights to warn or guide sailors.

Beaconnoun

(nautical) A signal or conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.

Lighthousenoun

A tower or other building with a powerful light at top, erected at the entrance of a port, or at some important point on a coast, to serve as a guide to mariners at night; a pharos.

Beaconnoun

A post or buoy placed over a shoal or bank to warn vessels of danger; also a signal mark on land. (FM 55-501)

Lighthousenoun

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

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Beaconnoun

A high hill or other easily distinguishable object near the shore which can serve as guidance for seafarers.

Lighthouse

A lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and to serve as a beacon for navigational aid, for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways. Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, rocks, and safe entries to harbors; they also assist in aerial navigation.

Beaconnoun

(figurative) That which gives notice of danger.

Beaconnoun

An electronic device that broadcasts a signal to nearby portable devices, enabling smartphones etc. to perform actions when in physical proximity to the beacon.

Beaconverb

(intransitive) To act as a beacon.

Beaconverb

(transitive) To give light to, as a beacon; to light up; to illumine.

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Beaconverb

(transitive) To furnish with a beacon or beacons.

Beaconnoun

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.’;

Beaconnoun

A signal, such as that from a lighthouse, or a conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.

Beaconnoun

A high hill near the shore.

Beaconnoun

That which gives notice of danger.

‘Modest doubt is calledThe beacon of the wise.’;

Beaconnoun

a radio transmitter which emits a characteristic signal indication its location, so that vehicles may determine their exact location by locating the beacon with a radio compass; - also called radio beacon.

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Beaconnoun

that which provides guidance or inspiration; the Constitution has been a beacon for civil rights activists.

Beaconverb

To give light to, as a beacon; to light up; to illumine.

‘That beacons the darkness of heaven.’;

Beaconverb

To furnish with a beacon or beacons.

Beaconnoun

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

Beaconnoun

a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes

Beaconnoun

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

Beaconverb

shine like a beacon

Beaconverb

guide with a beacon

Beacon

A beacon is an intentionally conspicuous device designed to attract attention to a specific location. A common example is the lighthouse, which draws attention to a fixed point that can be used to navigate around obstacles or into port.

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