Signal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɪɡnəl|  American pronunciation of the word signal
Brit.  |ˈsɪɡn(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word signal


- any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message (syn: sign)
signals from the boat suddenly stopped
- any incitement to action
he awaited the signal to start
the victory was a signal for wild celebration
- an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes


- communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs (syn: sign, signalize)
The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu
- be a signal for or a symptom of (syn: bespeak, betoken, indicate, point)
The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued


- notably out of the ordinary
the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party

Extra examples

He likes her but he is sending the wrong signals with his constant teasing.

The teacher gave us the signal to finish what we were working on and hand in our tests.

Faulty wiring in the train station caused a signal to malfunction.

Robins signal the arrival of spring.

The election results surely signal the start of a new era.

A lock on the suitcase might signal that there's something of value inside.

Did he signal before he made the left turn?

They signaled at me to come over to their table.

He signaled us that it was time to begin the meeting.

The umpire signaled a strike.

Is he worthy of such a signal honor?

...the Louisiana Purchase is cited by many historians as one of the most signal events in American history...

The troops received the signal that the attack was to begin.

The raid began at a given signal.

He signalled for coffee.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: signal
he/she/it: signals
present participle: signalling
past tense: signalled
past participle: signalled
singular: signal
plural: signals
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