verb (used with or without object), sem·a·phored, sem·a·phor·ing.
Origin of semaphore
Examples from the Web for semaphore
It is easy to say "just learn the semaphore," but to learn it quickly and well is another matter.Military Instructors Manual|James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
"You didn't say that when he praised your semaphore," cried Marion, with resentment.The Abandoned Farmer|Sydney Herman Preston
Enviously Tom watched him, thinking of his own semaphore work at Temple Camp.Tom Slade on a Transport|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Sometimes, when I was working among the rocks, I would suddenly descry her on the banks of the Falaise like a semaphore signal.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)|Guy de Maupassant
Send and receive a message in two of the following systems of signaling: Semaphore, Morse.How Girls Can Help Their Country|Juliette Low
British Dictionary definitions for semaphore
Word Origin for semaphore
Word Origin and History for semaphore
"apparatus for signaling," 1816, probably via French sémaphore, literally "a bearer of signals," ultimately from Greek sema "sign, signal" (see semantic) + phoros "bearer," from pherein "to carry" (see infer). Related: Semaphoric (1808).