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signal

sig·nal

signal

 
 
pronunciation:
sIg nl
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a gesture, action, or device used to give information, directions, or warning.
synonyms:
sign
similar words:
alarm, alert, beacon, gesture, indication, token, warning, word
definition 2: an understood gesture or other sign that is meant to initiate some action.
A raised flag was the signal to begin the race.
synonyms:
cue, motion, sign
similar words:
token
definition 3: an electromagnetic or sound wave that is transmitted or received.
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: remarkable; notable.
a signal achievement
synonyms:
notable, noteworthy, remarkable, standout
similar words:
distinguished, eminent, exceptional, noticeable, significant, singular, striking
definition 2: acting as a signal.
similar words:
directing, guiding, warning
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: signaled, signaling, signals
definition 1: to direct a signal to.
synonyms:
sign
similar words:
beacon, beckon, motion, wave
definition 2: to express, direct, or announce with a signal.
The buzzer signaled the end of the game.
synonyms:
indicate
similar words:
announce, beckon, buzz, mean, signify, sound, token
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to communicate by making a signal or signals.
synonyms:
sign
similar words:
beckon, buzz, gesture, nod, radio, semaphore, wave
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derivation: signaler (n.)
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  communication, electricity, tool