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English adjective: signal

1. signal notably out of the ordinary

SamplesThe year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party.



English noun: signal

1. signal (communication) any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

SamplesSignals from the boat suddenly stopped.

Synonymssign, signaling

Broader (hypernym)communication

Narrower (hyponym)alarm, alarum, alert, all clear, animal communication, beam, bugle call, curfew, distress call, distress signal, dog-ear, drumbeat, electronic signal, high sign, indicator, input, input signal, number, output, output signal, phone number, radio beacon, radio beam, radiotelegraphic signal, recording, retreat, start, starting signal, storm signal, symbol, telegraphic signal, telephone number, ticktack, time signal, visual signal, warning signal, whistle, whistling

2. signal (motive) any incitement to action

SamplesHe awaited the signal to start.
The victory was a signal for wild celebration.

Broader (hypernym)incitation, incitement, provocation

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

Broader (hypernym)electrical energy, electricity

Narrower (hyponym)interrupt

English verb: signal

1. signal (communication) communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs

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

ExamplesThey signal them the information, They signal the information to them

Synonymssign, signalise, signalize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)flag, heliograph, semaphore, whistle, wigwag

2. signal (communication) be a signal for or a symptom of

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

Synonymsbespeak, betoken, indicate, point

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)tell

Narrower (hyponym)augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, mark, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate

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