What does signal mean?

Definitions for signal
ˈsɪg nlsig·nal

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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. Colin Paynter:

    My understanding is it's (the requirement) not to replicate the entire system, it's actually to look at giving access to the UK to what is known as the public regulated system, which is a higher reliability and secure signal which can be used by (emergency) services or the armed forces.

  2. President Obama:

    The repudiation of the TPP would neuter the U.S. presidency for the next 19?months, it would reinforce global concerns that the vicissitudes of domestic politics are increasingly rendering the United States a less reliable ally ... it would signal a lack of U.S. commitment to Asia at a time when China is flexing its muscles.

  3. Adam Button:

    The rate hike signal in the May statement was a mistake almost the moment it was delivered, you can't blame Poloz for not seeing tariff trouble coming but you can blame him for signaling clear skies ahead.

  4. Stacey Abrams:

    I would share your concern about not picking a woman of color, because women of color -- particularly Black women -- are the strongest part of the Democratic Party, Democratic Party, but that loyalty isn't simply how we vote, it's how we work, and if we want to signal that that work will continue, that we're going to reach not just to certain segments of our community, but to the entire country, then we need a ticket that reflects the diversity of America.

  5. Daniel Russel:

    Just as this week's 'tactical weapon' test was a signal to warn Trump that his much-vaunted 'freeze' is in jeopardy, the verbal attack on Pompeo is meant to encourage Trump to ignore his hardline advisers and make a deal with his 'friend' Kim Jong Un, as long as the North Koreans believe they can flatter and dupe the U.S. president into making important concessions ... they will resist dealing with less gullible and more demanding subordinate U.S. officials.

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