to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand.
to lure; entice.
a nod, gesture, etc., that signals, directs, summons, indicates agreement, or the like.
When anarchy seems to beckon, Libya pulls back from the brink.
One Year Later, Libya’s Long Road Continues Jamie Dettmer October 21, 2012
The firemen confer with the organizers and then beckon them toward the front of the bus.
On the Road With Kesey’s (Drug-Free) Acid Test Nina Strochlic August 26, 2014
Mr. O’Carroll, without answering by voice, gave a grotesque sort of signal between a wink and a beckon.
Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Squalor and tragedy can beckon to all that is great in us, and strengthen the wings of love.
Howards End E. M. Forster
Alice exclaimed, as she noticed Mr. Pertell beckon Captain Brisco to him.
The Moving Picture Girls at Sea Laura Lee Hope
They can beckon; it is not certain that they will, for they are not love’s servants.
Howards End E. M. Forster
Hugh glanced toward his father’s door, whence at any moment, as every one realized, the actor might beckon.
Gideon’s Band George W. Cable
He took a step toward her, and the rippling scarf seemed to beckon him on.
The Prisoner Alice Brown
She knows she can summon an adorer by one beckon of her fan, and dismiss him by another.
Modern Women and What is Said of Them Anonymous
The leader will then repeat louder, or beckon to the scout to come in nearer.
Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
to summon with a gesture of the hand or head
to entice or lure
a summoning gesture
Old English gebecnian (West Saxon beacnian) “to make a mute sign,” derivative of beacen “a sign, beacon,” from Proto-Germanic *bauknjan (cf. Old Saxon boknian, Old High German bouhnen), from PIE root *bha- “to shine” (see beacon). Related: Beckoned; beckoning. The noun is attested from 1718, from the verb.
- Beck’s triad
beck’s triad Beck’s triad (běks) n. See acute compression triad.
noun Franz. born 1945, German footballer: team captain when West Germany won the World Cup (1974): manager of West Germany (1984–90), coaching the team to success in the 1990 World Cup Contemporary Examples Charismatic superstars from the great Pelé to beckenbauer to Maradona make illuminating anecdotal appearances. The Literature of Futbol: 11 Great Books About […]
Carl Lotus [loh-tuh s] /ˈloʊ təs/ (Show IPA), 1873–1945, U.S. historian. George Ferdinand, 1847–1919, U.S. scientist and mathematician. Howard Paul, 1899–1960, U.S. sociologist. Contemporary Examples At the end of their call, the kid told Becker he would still walk over the bridge, but from now on would not look down. Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The […]
- Becker’s test
becker’s test Becker’s test Beck·er’s test (běk’ərz) n. A test for astigmatism that uses diagrams of sets of three lines radiating in different meridians.