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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BEACON

The Beacon had reached a large circulation, but its slave was worn out.

The thoughts about the Beacon were after all not so very absorbing.

In a crisis his presence in London or Paris was absolutely necessary to the Beacon.

Ah, then Beacon Street is one of the principal streets, is it?

The Church had been his beacon before, but now it was to be his refuge.

Let us see if the beacon that lights to the throne should not show the path to the shrine also.'

To how many is the 'light that lies in woman's eyes 'but a beacon to lure to ruin?

“The Duke is himself guarding the Beacon,” the soldier answered.

It stands there, not only a monument of the past, but a beacon for the future.

To the modern Spanish painter he is probably as fixed a beacon as Velasquez.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English beacen "sign, portent, lighthouse," from West Germanic *baukna "beacon, signal" (cf. Old Frisian baken, Old Saxon bokan, Old High German bouhhan); not found outside Germanic. Perhaps borrowed from Latin bucina "a crooked horn or trumpet, signal horn." But more likely from PIE *bhew-, a variant of the base *bha- "to gleam, shine" (see phantasm). Figurative use from c.1600.

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