What does signal mean?

Definitions for signal
ˈsɪg nlsig·nal

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word signal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. signal, signaling, sign(noun)

    any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

    "signals from the boat suddenly stopped"

  2. signal(noun)

    any incitement to action

    "he awaited the signal to start"; "the victory was a signal for wild celebration"

  3. signal(adj)

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

  4. signal(verb)

    notably out of the ordinary

    "the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party"

  5. sign, signal, signalize, signalise(verb)

    communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs

    "He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture"; "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"

  6. bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal(verb)

    be a signal for or a symptom of

    "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"

GCIDE

  1. Signal(n.)

    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.

    Etymology: [F., fr. LL. signale, fr. L. signum. See Sign, n.]

  2. Signal(n.)

    A token; an indication; a foreshadowing; a sign; anything taken as evidence of some process.

    Etymology: [F., fr. LL. signale, fr. L. signum. See Sign, n.]

Wiktionary

  1. signal(Noun)

    An indication given to another person.

    Etymology: From segnal, seignal or signale, noun use of the neuter of signalis, from signum.

  2. signal(Noun)

    An on-off light, semaphore, or other device used to give an indication to another person.

    Etymology: From segnal, seignal or signale, noun use of the neuter of signalis, from signum.

  3. signal(Noun)

    (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.

    I cannot get a signal.

    Etymology: From segnal, seignal or signale, noun use of the neuter of signalis, from signum.

  4. signal(Noun)

    Useful information.

    Etymology: From segnal, seignal or signale, noun use of the neuter of signalis, from signum.

  5. signal(Noun)

    A simple interprocess communication used to notify a process or thread of an occurrence.

    Etymology: From segnal, seignal or signale, noun use of the neuter of signalis, from signum.

  6. signal(Verb)

    To indicate.

    Etymology: From segnal, seignal or signale, noun use of the neuter of signalis, from signum.

  7. signal(Adjective)

    Standing above others in rank, importance, or achievement.

    Etymology: From segnal, seignal or signale, noun use of the neuter of signalis, from signum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Signal(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [F., fr. LL. signale, fr. L. signum. See Sign, n.]

  2. Signal(noun)

    a token; an indication; a foreshadowing; a sign

    Etymology: [F., fr. LL. signale, fr. L. signum. See Sign, n.]

  3. Signal(adj)

    noticeable; distinguished from what is ordinary; eminent; remarkable; memorable; as, a signal exploit; a signal service; a signal act of benevolence

    Etymology: [F., fr. LL. signale, fr. L. signum. See Sign, n.]

  4. Signal(adj)

    of or pertaining to signals, or the use of signals in conveying information; as, a signal flag or officer

    Etymology: [F., fr. LL. signale, fr. L. signum. See Sign, n.]

  5. Signal(verb)

    to communicate by signals; as, to signal orders

    Etymology: [F., fr. LL. signale, fr. L. signum. See Sign, n.]

  6. Signal(verb)

    to notify by a signals; to make a signal or signals to; as, to signal a fleet to anchor

    Etymology: [F., fr. LL. signale, fr. L. signum. See Sign, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Signal

    sig′nal, n. a sign for giving notice, generally at a distance: token: the notice given: any initial impulse.—v.t. and v.i. to make signals to: to convey by signals:—pr.p. sig′nalling; pa.t. and pa.p. sig′nalled.adj. having a sign: remarkable: notable: eminent.—ns. Sig′nal-book, a book containing a system of signals; Sig′nal-box, -cab′in, &c., a small house in which railway-signals are worked: the alarm-box of a police or fire-alarm system; Sig′nal-code, a code or system of arbitrary signals, esp. at sea, by flags or lights; Sig′nal-fire, a fire used for a signal; Sig′nal-flag, a flag used in signalling, its colour, shape, markings, and combinations indicating various significations; Sig′nal-gun, a gun fired as a signal.—v.t. Sig′nalise, to make signal or eminent: to signal.—ns. Sig′nal-lamp, a lamp by which signals are made by glasses or slides of different colours, &c.; Sig′nalling, the means of transmitting intelligence to a greater or less distance by the agency of sight or hearing.—adv. Sig′nally.—ns. Sig′nalman, one who makes signals and who interprets those made; Sig′nalment, the act of communicating by signals: description by means of marks; Sig′nal-post, a pole on which movable flags, arms, lights, are displayed as signals; Sig′nal-ser′vice, the department in the army occupied with signalling. [Fr.,—L. signalis, signum.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. signal

    1. As applied to electronics, any transmitted electrical impulse. 2. Operationally, a type of message, the text of which consists of one or more letters, words, characters, signal flags, visual displays, or special sounds with prearranged meaning, and which is conveyed or transmitted by visual, acoustical, or electrical means.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. signal

    Any sign made for marching, fighting, etc. Signals are likewise given by the drum, bugle, and trumpet, during the exercise of a battalion. See Signal Service.

Editors Contribution

  1. signal

    A sequence of digital values with coded information.

    The signals between computer, networks and servers have a signal which communicate at superluminal speed.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  
  2. signal

    To communicate data or information through a telecommunications system or satellite system.

    The signals from the telecommunications system and satellite systems were very efficient and communicationg at superluminal speed.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  
  3. signal

    To communicate data or information.

    The radio and TV signals are excellent and are mostly digital in most countries in 2020

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'signal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3542

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'signal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3977

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'signal' in Nouns Frequency: #989

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'signal' in Verbs Frequency: #853

Anagrams for signal »

  1. algins, aligns, lasing

  2. Algins

  3. Aligns

  4. Lasing

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How to say signal in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of signal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of signal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of signal in a Sentence

  1. Brian Jacobsen:

    Discretionary could send a signal to the market with good second-quarter guidance, strong numbers would mean the economy will avoid recession, and could send (the S&P 500) to new highs.

  2. Tatha Ghose:

    (Oil) exporters often have very unbalanced economies and rely heavily on their commodities... Eventually, if oil prices signal that OPEC is losing pricing power and facing obsolescence, these regions don't have any diversification.

  3. Julianne Smith:

    The fact that Tillerson will give that answer to Putin before he gives it to NATO is not the signal we want to be sending, we have a lot of skittish allies out there. The optics are all wrong, and unfortunately the optics matter.

  4. Shayne Stevenson:

    That CFTC and DOJ teamed up to combat market manipulation ... and to arrest him for this conduct, sends a strong deterrent signal.

  5. Foreign Ministry:

    This decision sends a wrong signal at the wrong time, especially in the current tense situation, both parties in the Middle East conflict are called on to take steps for a de-escalation and to find ways that lead to an urgently needed resumption of peace negotiations.

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