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[sig-nl-muh n] /ˈsɪg nl mən/
noun, plural signalmen.
a person whose occupation or duty is signaling, as on a railroad or in the army.
Origin of signalman
First recorded in 1730-40; signal + -man
Related forms
undersignalman, noun, plural undersignalmen. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • By and by the brakeman shouted to the signalman in the gray silence of the morning.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • While Tom was inspecting we rested in the signal-station and talked to the signalman.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • "It is a most extraordinary thing, sir," said the signalman whom we had come to relieve.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • He then went to Karazin as signalman and operative in the railway works.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald
  • "Steady with that light there, signalman," he commanded suddenly.

  • signalman,” sang out Mr Jellaby on seeing this, “Dip the colours!

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
  • The officer went out, and hailed the signalman at the mast-head.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • “The Ruby, sir,” repeated the signalman, as tenderly now as a sucking dove.

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
  • Jones the signalman, who was standing near when Mick said this, laughed.

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
  • signalman,” hailed the officer of the watch, “what do you make her out to be?

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
British Dictionary definitions for signalman


noun (pl) -men
a railway employee in charge of the signals and points within a section
a man who sends and receives signals, esp in the navy
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