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Definitions and Synonyms of signal | Another word for signal | What is signal?

Definition 1: any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where signal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • signals from the boat suddenly stopped

Synonyms for signal in the sense of this definition

(signal is a kind of ...) something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups

(... is a kind of signal ) (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position

(... is a kind of signal ) (military) the beating of a drum as a signal for lowering the flag at sundown

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal transmitted by telegraphy

(... is a kind of signal ) the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle

"the whistle signalled the end of the game"

(... is a kind of signal ) a silent signal of warning or recognition

"she started to speak but he gave her the high sign"

(... is a kind of signal ) an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal that involves visual communication

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal for attracting attention

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal generated by electronic means

(... is a kind of signal ) a characteristic signal emitted by a transmitter used for navigation

(... is a kind of signal ) signal going into an electronic system

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal (usually a bell) announcing the start of curfew restrictions

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal (usually a siren) that danger is over

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal that encodes something (e.g., picture or sound) that has been recorded

(... is a kind of signal ) the number is used in calling a particular telephone

"he has an unlisted number"

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal to begin (as in a race)

"the starting signal was a green light" "the runners awaited the start"

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal announcing the approach of a storm (particularly a storm of marked violence)

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather

(... is a kind of signal ) system of signalling by hand signs used by bookmakers at racetracks

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal (especially electronic or by radio) indicating the precisely correct time

(... is a kind of signal ) a corner of a page turned down to mark your place

(... is a kind of signal ) communication between animals (of the same species)

(... is a kind of signal ) an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger

(... is a kind of signal ) an internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is needed

(... is a kind of signal ) signal that comes out of an electronic system

Definition 2: any incitement to action - [noun denoting motive]

Samples where signal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(signal is a kind of ...) something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action

Definition 3: an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes - [noun denoting phenomenon]

(signal is a kind of ...) energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor

"they built a car that runs on electricity" "The power went oout around midnight"

(... is a kind of signal ) a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out

Definition 4: communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs - [verb of communication]

Samples where signal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for signal in the sense of this definition

(signal is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

(... is a kind of signal ) signal by or as if by a flag or light waved according to a code

(... is a kind of signal ) send signals by or as if by semaphore

(... is a kind of signal ) signal by means of a mirror and the using the sun's rays

(... is a kind of signal ) communicate or signal with a flag

(... is a kind of signal ) give a signal by whistling

"She whistled for her maid"

Definition 5: be a signal for or a symptom of - [verb of communication]

Samples where signal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for signal in the sense of this definition

(signal is a kind of ...) let something be known

"Tell them that you will be late"

(... is a kind of signal ) indicate, as with a sign or an omen

"These signs bode bad news"

(... is a kind of signal ) designate as if by a mark

"This sign marks the border"

Definition 6: notably out of the ordinary - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where signal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party

(signal is similar to ...) making a strong or vivid impression

"an impressive ceremony"

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