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Signal

Signal appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • No, slang is a signal, son.
  • Bell: a clang is a signal-call, Eb.
  • Sinusoid art I signal’s not tuba button slang, is it?… radio sun is.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun signal:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb signal:

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Definition of the noun signal

What does signal mean as a name of something?

Signal is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: signals

  1. any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
  2. any incitement to action
    • examples: he awaited the signal to start | the victory was a signal for wild celebration
    • lexical domain: Motives - nouns denoting goals
    • more generic words: incitation / incitement / provocation = something that incites or provokes
  3. an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • more generic terms: electrical energy / electricity / power = energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor
    • more specific word: interrupt = a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out

Alternative definition of the noun signal

noun

  1. An indication given to another person.
  2. An on-off light, semaphore, or other device used to give an indication to another person.
  3. (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.
  4. Useful information.

Definition of the adjective signal

What does signal mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more signal / signaler |

  1. notably out of the ordinary
    • example: the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party
    • similar: impressive

Alternative definition of the adjective signal

adjective

  1. Standing above others in rank, importance, or achievement.

Definition of the verb signal

What does signal mean as a doing word?

Signal is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: signalled, signalling

  1. communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
    • examples: The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu | They signal them the information | They signal the information to them
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Heather cabled Sara
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic]Ellen told Helen a story | Ellen told me, 'Leave the room.' | Heather cabled Sara the news
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned Helen that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled Sara that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled Sara when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic]Ellen told Helen about the situation | Heather cabled Sara about the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen told a story to Helen | Heather cabled the news to Sara
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, for-complement clause]Heather cabled for Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic]Heather cabled to Sara, 'Come immediately.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Heather cabled to Sara that the party would be tonight | Susan complained to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled to Sara when to send the package

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): broadcast, cable, e-mail, fax, modem, netmail, phone, radio, relay, satellite, semaphore, sign, telecast, telegraph, telephone, telex, wire, wireless.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of signal: sign / signalise / signalize
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific words:
      • wigwag = signal by or as if by a flag or light waved according to a code
      • semaphore = send signals by or as if by semaphore
      • heliograph = signal by means of a mirror and the using the sun's rays
      • flag = communicate or signal with a flag
      • whistle = give a signal by whistling
  2. be a signal for or a symptom of

Films

  1. "Signal" a.k.a. "The Signal" is an American horror film written and directed by independent filmmakers David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry. It is told in three parts, in which all telecommunication and audiovisual devices transmit only a mysterious signal turning people mad and activating murderous behaviour in many of those affected.
  2. "Signal": Signál is a 2012 comedy drama film written by Marek Epstein and directed by Tomás Rehorek .
  3. "Signal" is a 2013 short drama film written and directed by Peter Davis.
  4. "Signal" a.k.a. "Sinyal" is a 2013 short horror thriller film written and directed by Lutfu Emre Cicek.

Character

Signal is a fictional character from the 2013 film Sinyal.

Phrases with Signal

Phrases starting with the word Signal:

  1. signal box
  2. signal fire
  3. signal flag
  4. signal level
  5. signal light
  6. Signal Power
  7. signal tower
  8. signal/noise

Phrases ending with the word Signal:

  1. Busy Signal
  2. Gang signal
  3. time signal
  4. turn signal
  5. False Signal
  6. input signal
  7. Mixed Signal
  8. radio signal
  9. Smoke signal
  10. storm signal
  11. Analog signal
  12. output signal

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Signal

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Google previewThe Railway Signal Dictionary (1912)

An Illustrated Vocabulary of Terms which Designate American Railway Signals, Their Parts, Attachments and Details of Construction, with Descriptions of Methods of Operation and Some Illustrations of British Signals and Practice by Railway Signal Association, Braman Blanchard Adams, Rodney Hitt, Arthur David Cloud, Harold Hoyt Simmons

A "slow-board" is a fixed signal, but the signal engineer scarcely gives it a thought. On the other hand, automatic bells at highway crossings logically do not come under the head of railway signals, for they do not directly affect the movement of ...

Google previewPerl Developer's Dictionary (2002)

by Clinton Pierce

Signal Handling To set up a connectionless server, the server must still call socket and bind. However, it's not necessary to call listen or accept. Instead, a call to recv will begin waiting for data to be sent. To set up a connectionless client , the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Technical Education

Acoustic Signal. Processing. Acoustics is the science of sound, including its production, transmission, and reception. Sound itself is the propagation of mechanical energy in a material medium. As such, it can carry information. Acoustic signal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

Significant fMRI signal intensity differences and similarities overlaid onto an average anatomical MRI scan. The hot color scale (coded for t-value) indicates regional signal increases during deep pain and either decreases or does not ...

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Small photo of Cabaret signal with lightSmall photo of Metal tower - repeater of the television air signal and signal of the cellular networkSmall photo of Signaling signal for trains in a station, detail of infomration for the traffic by rails, transport and travelSmall photo of Signaling signal for trains in a station, detail of infomration for the traffic by rails, transport and travelSmall photo of Sankt-Petersburg, Russia, April 27, 2018: Signal messenger application icon on Apple iPhone X smartphone screen close-up. Signal messenger app icon. Social media network.Small photo of CLOSE UP: Detail of pedestrian crossing lights in New York City turning from signal with a little walking man indicating that it is safe to cross the road to red hand pictogram signaling don't crossSmall photo of CLOSE UP: Detail of pedestrian crossing lights in New York City turning from signal with a little walking man indicating that it is safe to cross the road to red hand pictogram signaling don't cross More...

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View more videos about Signal box, Busy Signal, Signal Path, Time signal, Turn Signal, Audio signal, False Signal, Green Signal, Mixed Signal, Radio Signal, Signal Power, Smoke signal, Analog signal, Signal Phrase, Digital signal, Traffic Signal, Signal Crayfish, and Signal processing.

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Sign language

Cat uses sign language to signal that he's hungry

Quotes about Signal

Anger is a signal, and one worth listening to. (Harriet Lerner)
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Scrabble value of S1I1G2N1A1L1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of SIGNAL

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