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English adjective: signal

1. signal notably out of the ordinary


SamplesThe year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party.


Similarimpressive


Antonymsunimpressive


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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