HyperDic: signal

English > 6 senses of the word signal:
NOUNcommunicationsignal, signaling, signany nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
motivesignalany incitement to action
phenomenonsignalan electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes
VERBcommunicationsignal, sign, signalize, signalisecommunicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
communicationsignal, bespeak, betoken, indicate, pointbe a signal for or a symptom of
ADJECTIVEallsignalnotably out of the ordinary
signal > pronunciation
Soundssih'gnahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > signal: 6 senses > adjective 1
Meaningnotably out of the ordinary.
Example"the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party"
Broaderimpressivemaking a strong or vivid impression
Adverbssignallyin a signal manner
English > signal: 6 senses > noun 1, communication
MeaningAny nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message.
Example"signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
Synonymssignaling, sign
Narroweralarm, alert, warning signal, alarumAn automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
all clearA signal (usually a siren) that danger is over
animal communicationcommunication between animals (of the same species)
bugle callA signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle
curfewA signal (usually a bell) announcing the start of curfew restrictions
distress signal, distress callAn internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is needed
dog-earA corner of a page turned down to mark your place
drumbeat(military) the beating of a drum as a signal for lowering the flag at sundown
electronic signalA signal generated by electronic means
high signA silent signal of warning or recognition
indicatorA signal for attracting attention
input signal, inputSignal going into an electronic system
output signal, outputSignal that comes out of an electronic system
phone number, telephone number, numberThe number is used in calling a particular telephone
radio beaconA characteristic signal emitted by a transmitter used for navigation
radio beam, beamA signal transmitted along a narrow path
recordingA signal that encodes something (e.g., picture / picture or sound) that has been recorded
retreat(military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
starting signal, startA signal to begin (as in a race)
storm signalA signal announcing the approach of a storm (particularly a storm of marked violence)
symbolAn arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
telegraphic signal, radiotelegraphic signalA signal transmitted by telegraphy
ticktackSystem of signalling by hand signs used by bookmakers at racetracks
time signalA signal (especially electronic or by radio) indicating the precisely correct time
visual signalA signal that involves visual communication
whistle, whistlingThe act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing / blowing a whistle
BroadercommunicationSomething that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
Spanishseñalización, señal, signo
Catalansenyalització, senyal, signe
Verbssignal, signalizecommunicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
signalbe a signal for or a symptom of
signalizemake conspicuous or noteworthy
signalizepoint out carefully and clearly
signalizeprovide with traffic signals
English > signal: 6 senses > noun 2, motive
MeaningAny incitement to action.
Examples
  • "he awaited the signal to start"
  • "the victory was a signal for wild celebration"
Broaderincitement, incitation, provocationSomething that incites or provokes
English > signal: 6 senses > noun 3, phenomenon
MeaningAn electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes.
NarrowerinterruptA signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
Broaderelectricity, electrical energy, powerEnergy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor
Spanishseñal
Catalansenyal
English > signal: 6 senses > verb 1, communication
MeaningCommunicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s somebody
ModelThey signal them the information; They signal the information to them
Example "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"
Synonymssign, signalize, signalise
NarrowerflagCommunicate or signal with a flag
heliographSignal by means of a mirror and the using the sun's rays
semaphoreSend signals by or as if by semaphore
whistleGive a signal by whistling
wigwagSignal by or as if by a flag or light waved according to a code
Broadercommunicate, intercommunicatetransmit thoughts or feelings
Spanishfirmar, indicar, señalar
Catalanassenyalar, firmar, indicar
Nounssignal, signalingany nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
signaler, signallersomeone who communicates by signals
English > signal: 6 senses > verb 2, communication
MeaningBe a signal for or a symptom of.
PatternSomething ----s something
Example "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
Synonymsbespeak, betoken, indicate, point
Narrowerbode, portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predictIndicate by signs
markDesignate as if by a mark
BroadertellLet something be known
Spanishapuntar, demostrar, indicar
Catalanapuntar, demostrar, indicar
Nounssignalany nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

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