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storm signal

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noun
  1. a visual signal, as a flag, giving advance notice of a heavy storm, used especially along coastal areas.
  2. storm warning(def 2).

Origin of storm signal

First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for storm signal

Historical Examples

  • The "storm-signal" was hoisted ominously between his eyebrows.

    Men in War

    Andreas Latzko

  • Synonymous with storm-signal; formerly fire-beacons were used to give warning of the approach of an enemy.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • And immediately after that a storm-signal showed itself, at the sight of which all the family trembled.