homing beacon


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homing beacon

[′hōm·iŋ ‚bē·kən]
(navigation)
A radio beacon, either airborne or on the ground, toward which an aircraft can fly if equipped with a radio compass or homing adapter. Also known as radio homing beacon.

homing beacon

A beacon providing homing guidance. Also called a homer.
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The units transmit on a high frequency and also have a built-in, low-power homing beacon that transmits on a lower one.
It became in itself a capital piece of culture: a homing beacon across the Irish Sea for those who had settled here.
One piece bearing father and son lands in North America while the tail, containing an emergency homing beacon, ends up in Africa.
I think the mice mistook it for a homing beacon or a late night disco.