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Webster 1913 Edition


Signal

Sig′nal

,
Noun.
[F., fr. LL.
signale
, fr. L.
signum
. See
Sign
,
Noun.
]
1.
A sign made for the purpose of giving notice to a person of some occurence, command, or danger; also, a sign, event, or watchword, which has been agreed upon as the occasion of concerted action.
All obeyed
The wonted
signal
and superior voice
Of this great potentate.
Milton.
The weary sun . . .
Gives
signal
of a goodly day to-morrow.
Shakespeare
There was not the least
signal
of the calamity to be seen.
De Foc.

Sig′nal

,
Adj.
[From
signal
, n.: cf. F.
signalé
.]
1.
Noticeable; distinguished from what is ordinary; eminent; remarkable; memorable;
as, a
signal
exploit; a
signal
service; a
signal
act of benevolence
.
As
signal
now in low, dejected state
As erst in highest, behold him where he lies.
Milton.
2.
Of or pertaining to signals, or the use of signals in conveying information;
as, a
signal
flag or officer
.
The signal service
,
a bureau of the government (in the United States connected with the War Department) organized to collect from the whole country simultaneous raports of local meteorological conditions, upon comparison of which at the central office, predictions concerning the weather are telegraphed to various sections, where they are made known by signals publicly displayed.
Signal station
,
the place where a signal is displayed; specifically, an observation office of the signal service.
Syn. – Eminent; remarkable; memorable; extraordinary; notable; conspicuous.

Sig′nal

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Signaled
or
Signalled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Signaling
or
Signalling
.]
1.
To communicate by signals;
as, to
signal
orders
.
2.
To notify by a signals; to make a signal or signals to;
as, to
signal
a fleet to anchor
.
M. Arnold.

Webster 1828 Edition


Signal

SIG'NAL

,
Noun.
[L. signum.] A sign that gives or is intended to give notice; or the notice given. Signals are used to communicate notice, information, orders and the like, to persons at a distance, and by any persons and for the purpose. A signal may be a motion of the hand, the raising of a flag, the firing of a gun, or any thing which, being understood by persons at a distance, may communicate notice.
Signals are particularly useful in the navigation of fleets and in naval engagements. There are day-signals, which are usually made by the sails, by flags and pendants, or guns; night-signals, which are lanterns disposed in certain figures, or false fires, rockets, or the firing of guns; fog-signals, which are made by sounds, as firing of guns, beating of drums, ringing of bells, &c. There are signals of evolution, addressed to a whole fleet, to a division or to a squadron; signals of movements to particular ships; and signals of service, general or particular. Signals used in an army are mostly made by a particular beat of the drum, or by the bugle.

SIG'NAL

,
Adj.
Eminent; remarkable; memorable; distinguished from what is ordinary; as a signal exploit; a signal service; a signal ace of benevolence. It is generally but not always used in a good sense.

Definition 2021


Signal

Signal

See also: signal and signál

German

Noun

Signal n (genitive Signals or Signales, plural Signale)

  1. signal

Declension


Luxembourgish

Etymology

From German Signal (compare the gender) and French signal (compare the pronunciation).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sinˈjaːl/

Noun

Signal n (plural Signaler)

  1. signal

signal

signal

See also: Signal and signál

English

Alternative forms

Noun

signal (plural signals)

  1. A sign made to give notice of some occurrence, command, or danger, or to indicate the start of a concerted action.
    • Milton
      All obeyed / The wonted signal and superior voice / Of this great potentate.
  2. An on-off light, semaphore, or other device used to give an indication to another person.
  3. (of a radio, TV, telephone, internet, etc.) An electrical or electromagnetic action, normally a voltage that is a function of time that conveys the information of the radio or TV program or of communication with another party.
    My mobile phone can't get a signal in the railway station.
  4. A token; an indication; a foreshadowing; a sign.
    • Shakespeare
      The weary sun [] / Gives signal of a goodly day to-morrow.
    • De Foe
      There was not the least signal of the calamity to be seen.
  5. Useful information, as opposed to noise.
  6. (computing, Unix) A simple interprocess communication used to notify a process or thread of an occurrence.

Antonyms

  • (useful information): noise

Derived terms

Translations

See also

Verb

signal (third-person singular simple present signals, present participle (UK) signalling or (US) signaling, simple past and past participle (UK) signalled or (US) signaled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To indicate.

Derived terms

Translations

Adjective

signal (not comparable)

  1. Standing above others in rank, importance, or achievement.
    a signal exploit; a signal service; a signal act of benevolence
    • Milton
      As signal now in low, dejected state / As erst in highest, behold him where he lies.

Related terms

Anagrams


Danish

Noun

signal n (singular definite signalet, plural indefinite signaler)

  1. a signal

French

Etymology

Re-latinization of Old French segnal, from Medieval Latin signale, from Late Latin signālis, from Latin signum.

Pronunciation

Noun

signal m (plural signaux)

  1. signal

Related terms

Anagrams


Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Medieval Latin signale

Noun

signal n (definite singular signalet, indefinite plural signal or signaler, definite plural signala or signalene)

  1. a signal

References


Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Medieval Latin signale

Noun

signal n (definite singular signalet, indefinite plural signal, definite plural signala)

  1. a signal

References


Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

From German Signal, from Medieval Latin signale, from Latin signum.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sǐɡnaːl/
  • Hyphenation: sig‧nal

Noun

sìgnāl m (Cyrillic spelling сѝгна̄л)

  1. signal

Declension

References

  • signal” in Hrvatski jezični portal

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

signal c

  1. a signal

Declension

Inflection of signal 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative signal signalen signaler signalerna
Genitive signals signalens signalers signalernas

Vilamovian

Etymology

From Old French segnal, seignal or Medieval Latin signāle, noun use of the neuter of Late Latin signālis, from Latin signum.

Pronunciation

Noun

signal n (plural signale)

  1. signal