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NOUN (3)

1. any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message;
- Example: "signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
[syn: signal, signaling, sign]

2. any incitement to action;
- Example: "he awaited the signal to start"
- Example: "the victory was a signal for wild celebration"

3. an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes;

VERB (2)

1. communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs;
- Example: "He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture"
- Example: "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"
[syn: sign, signal, signalize, signalise]

2. be a signal for or a symptom of;
- Example: "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"
- Example: "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"
- Example: "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
[syn: bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal]


1. notably out of the ordinary;
- Example: "the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Signal \Sig"nal\, n. [F., fr. LL. signale, fr. L. signum. See Sign, n.] 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. [1913 Webster] All obeyed The wonted signal and superior voice Of this great potentate. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. A token; an indication; a foreshadowing; a sign; anything taken as evidence of some process. [1913 Webster +PJC] The weary sun . . . Gives signal of a goodly day to-morrow. --Shak. [1913 Webster] There was not the least signal of the calamity to be seen. --De Foc. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence: (Electronics) A measureable electrical quantity, such as voltage or current, that conveys information by varying in magnitude over time; as, the signals from the strongest commercial radio stations can be received over hundreds of miles. [PJC] Signal to noise ratio
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Signal \Sig"nal\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Signaled or Signalled; p. pr. & vb. n. Signaling or Signalling.] 1. To communicate by signals; as, to signal orders. [1913 Webster] 2. To notify by a signals; to make a signal or signals to; as, to signal a fleet to anchor. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Signal \Sig"nal\, a. [From signal, n.: cf. F. signal['e].] 1. Noticeable; distinguished from what is ordinary; eminent; remarkable; memorable; as, a signal exploit; a signal service; a signal act of benevolence. [1913 Webster] As signal now in low, dejected state As erst in highest, behold him where he lies. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to signals, or the use of signals in conveying information; as, a signal flag or officer. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: Eminent; remarkable; memorable; extraordinary; notable; conspicuous. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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