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signal - Dictionary definition and meaning for word signal

Definition
(noun) any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
Synonyms : sign , signaling
Example Sentence
  • signals from the boat suddenly stopped

Definition
(noun) any incitement to action
Example Sentence
  • he awaited the signal to start
  • the victory was a signal for wild celebration

Definition
(noun) an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes
Definition
(verb) communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
Synonyms : sign , signalise , signalize
Example Sentence
  • He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture
  • The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu

Definition
(verb) be a signal for or a symptom of
Synonyms : bespeak , betoken , indicate , point
Example Sentence
  • These symptoms indicate a serious illness
  • Her behavior points to a severe neurosis
  • The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued

Definition
(adj) notably out of the ordinary
Example Sentence
  • the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party

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