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  • n. Plural form of beacon.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of beacon.


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  • John was not there; indeed, if he had been, I could scarcely have seen him; I could see nothing but the void expanse of the Flat, or, looking down, the broad river of mist that rolled through the valley, on the other side of which twinkled a few cottage lights, like unearthly beacons from the farthest shore of an impassable flood.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • The market may be reflecting soaring Chinese investment, rising consumer confidence and other cheerful data but economists see few long-term beacons of hope for Japan.


  • He said SETI would have a much better chance of detecting ET if it scanned all the stars in the galaxy for powerful signals - or "beacons" - sent out to deliberately contact other life forms.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • Galactic coordinates and the nearest Cepheid-wariable tag beacons are in the ephemerides listed to your screens.

    Doctor’s Orders

  • A new concept called "beacons" allow you to contact friends on Facebook from Xbox, to invite them to play games. News

  • Bestofmedia LLC may also use pixel tags, also known as beacons, web bugs or clear gifs, to improve our understanding of site traffic, visitor behavior, and response to promotional campaigns, as a supplement to our server logs and other methods of traffic and response measurement.

    News Tom's Hardware US

  • ELTs, also known as beacons, have been locating pilots in distress and directing search and rescue operations since their inception in the 1970s.


  • While transceivers, which are also called beacons, are common among backcountry skiers, the perception has been that in-bound slopes are without avalanche risk.

    Summit Daily News - Top Stories

  • Belfast City Council, supported by Stormont environment minister Sammy Wilson, is carrying out tests on so-called beacons which burn only wood. - Latest News

  • And if many or all of these "beacons" are in the same room, which can be the case for people living in tight quarters -- a dorm room, a single or bachelor pad, a New York City apartment -- then you could find yourself applying black tape to those tiny diode lights just to get a good night's sleep!

    Dr. Michael J. Breus: Do You Ever See Darkness Anymore?


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  • I first read this as 'romping around the Belisha Beacons', and worried for yarb's safety.

    Parents! Do not let your children romp by the Belisha Beacons. They could be trampled to death by stampeding zebras (zebrae?).

    January 22, 2008

  • Yes, I have enjoyed romping around the Brecon Beacons. Some nice little youth hostels there.

    January 22, 2008

  • Brecon Beacons - named for the two prominent mountain peaks in SE Wales in S Powys. A breathtaking national park in Wales filled with natural beauty and history and magic and mystery.

    January 21, 2008