verb (used with object), sig·naled, sig·nal·ing or (especially British) sig·nalled, sig·nal·ling.
verb (used without object), sig·naled, sig·nal·ing or (especially British) sig·nalled, sig·nal·ling.
Origin of signal
Synonyms for signal
Related Words for signalnoticeable, salient, conspicuous, momentous, noteworthy, indicator, alarm, cue, sign, beacon, gesture, warn, pronounced, striking, characteristic, notable, marked, arresting, individual, distinguished
Examples from the Web for signal
Contemporary Examples of signal
The band turned back around, raising a lively tune to signal life would go on.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
Not even Radio Bemba (Cuban slang for the rumor mill) had picked up the signal.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
So while the poor sound quality was aggravating, it was also a signal of some weird legitimacy.Digging the Gold in Dylan’s ‘Basement’
November 5, 2014
And more importantly, an Orman victory could signal a broader assault against the duopoly that controls congress.Independent Greg Orman Stands Up Against GOP Attacks
November 4, 2014
You are sending a signal that says any Western response to his actions will be inconsequential.Is the U.S. Enabling Putin's Invasion?
August 29, 2014
Historical Examples of signal
As she spoke, Geta lifted the curtain, and Philothea instantly obeyed the signal.
Each instinctively touched the other's arm, as a signal for silence.
For months I had received daily and hourly the most signal benefits from his hands.
The appearance of Mr. Gladstone was the signal for great applause.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Cissy sent her a look, a signal, and rose; she stood by the doorway.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- a variable parameter, such as a current or electromagnetic wave, by which information is conveyed through an electronic circuit, communications system, etc
- the information so conveyed
- (as modifier)signal strength; a signal generator
verb -nals, -nalling or -nalled or US -nals, -naling or -naled
Word Origin for signal
late 14c., "visible sign, indication," from Old French signal, seignal "seal, imprint, sign, mark," from Medieval Latin signale "a signal," from Late Latin signalis (adj.) "used as a signal, pertaining to a sign," from Latin signum "signal, sign" (see sign (n.)). Restricted sense "agreed-upon sign (to commence or desist, etc.) is from 1590s. Meaning "modulation of an electric current" is from 1855.
"remarkable, striking, notable" ("serving as a sign"), 1640s, from French signalé, past participle of signaler "to distinguish, signal" (see signal (n.)).
1805, "to make signals to," from signal (n.). Related: Signaled; signaling. Earlier verb was signalize (1650s).